Teens arrested in shooting plot at Colo. school
April 9, 2009
DOVE CREEK, Colo. ” A teenager planned to kill the principal of his southwest Colorado high school, then ambush Dolores County Sheriff Jim Martin and take his weapon to continue shooting, the sheriff said Thursday.
David Taylor, 16, and Cody Barr, 19, both of Dove Creek, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft Monday in a trailer east of Bloomfield, N.M., San Juan, N.M., County Undersheriff Mark McCloskey told The Daily Times of Farmington. Both were extradited to Colorado Thursday, Martin said.
Martin said authorities learned of the school plot after Barr told his family about it.
“He (the juvenile) named the undersheriff and myself as targets, and the idea was to take our weapons to continue with the shooting,” Martin told The Associated Press via phone from Cortez, where he had dropped off Barr at the Montezuma County jail. “He spent a lot of time thinking about this.”
Martin would not confirm Taylor’s name because he is a juvenile. The 16-year-old was being held at a juvenile detention center in La Plata County. Martin said both teens are being investigated in the alleged plot, though it appears it was primarily the 16-year-old’s plan.
It wasn’t immediately known if either had an attorney. A message left after hours at Dove Creek High School was not immediately returned.
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Martin said sheriff’s deputies recovered seven rifles, including .22-caliber weapons, shotguns and an M1 carbine, at the Dove Creek home of the 16-year-old, and three more weapons when the teens were arrested in New Mexico. New Mexico authorities told The Daily Times the teens were hiding out there.
The two were wanted on Colorado warrants for three felony burglaries, including a burglary at the home of the juvenile’s grandparents, where thousands of dollars in cash and seven to 10 weapons were stolen.
No charges have been brought in the alleged school plot, Martin said.
Martin said Barr told him on the drive up from New Mexico Thursday that the 16-year-old had planned to assault the school twice before and that Barr had talked him out of the plot. One planned assault was delayed because the school was on spring break.
“It was probably going to take place this week,” Martin said of the alleged school plot. “He had the resources and capability to do this.”
Martin said investigators learned from the 16-year-old’s family that the teen showed a marked change after a shotgun accident involving the boy’s brother in 2005 wounded a friend.
“From that point forward, his attitude turned 180 degrees,” Martin said. “The family fears for its safety at this point.”
Martin said the 16-year-old wasn’t allowed on campus in the fall after showing up at school in a trench coat, his face painted white.
“It was against dress code,” Martin said.
Armed sheriff’s deputies were posted outside Dove Creek High School on Monday as authorities executed search warrants to find the weapons and collect other evidence.
About 700 people live in Dove Creek, which is about 250 miles southwest of Denver.