Utah man charged with felony menacing after pointing gun at traffic in Breckenridge
The suspect arrested after allegedly making threats and pointing his rifle at traffic along Highway 9 in Breckenridge last week has been identified as 37-year-old Bryan Allan Hunt of Utah.
On the morning of April 4, the Colorado State Patrol received several calls reporting a man sitting in a parked SUV on the northbound shoulder of Highway 9, near Tiger Run Resort, and pointing a long-barreled rifle at traffic moving by.
A CSP trooper responded to the scene at about 9:50 a.m. and saw a man, later identified as Hunt, standing near the rear bumper of the car and smoking a cigarette. The trooper — who arrived in full uniform in a marked patrol vehicle — approached Hunt, at which point Hunt turned away and walked toward his open car door, and put his hand into his coat pocket, according to court records.
In his report, the trooper noted that Hunt was unsteady on his feet and appeared very agitated. The trooper said Hunt got to the driver’s door, and stopped to face the traffic, ignoring his instructions to move away from the vehicle. The trooper moved around to the passenger side of the car to look for other people or weapons, spotting a scoped rifle on the floorboard of the front passenger’s seat with the bolt in the locked position.
At that point the trooper drew his weapon and pointed it at Hunt, giving loud verbal commands to contend with the music blaring out of the car’s radio. According to the report, Hunt then turned around to look at the trooper, pulled his hand out of his pocket and pointed at the trooper. Hunt allegedly then entered the driver’s area of the car and reached toward his rifle.
“I returned my support hand to my duty weapon and thrust forward while giving commands to stop and get away from the rifle,” wrote the trooper in his report. “I did not shoot as there was traffic on the highway and it was behind Hunt.”
Hunt allegedly asked the officer, “What, are you going to shoot me?” before finally moving to the back of the car. Though Hunt was away from his gun, the tense situation continued. The trooper moved around the car to place himself in between Hunt and the traffic on the roadway, noting that Hunt continued to yell at him instead of complying with his instructions.
Officers with the Breckenridge Police Department arrived on scene, at which point Hunt put his hands on his head and dropped to his knees. While on his knees, Hunt allegedly pulled a knife from a sheath on his hip, pointed it and stabbed it into the ground in front of him. According to the report, Hunt then got up, returned to his knees, grabbed the knife and threw it away. A Breckenridge officer deployed a Taser to subdue Hunt, and the CSP trooper placed him into handcuffs. The trooper said that Hunt continued to struggle while being placed under arrest, and while waiting for paramedics to arrive on scene. Hunt also allegedly told the trooper that he was here in Summit County to “drive fast, shoot people and blow (stuff) up,” according to the report.
After Hunt’s arrest officers searched his car, recovering the Mauser 25-06 rifle with a scope, along with a second bolt-action rifle and an ammunition can.
Hunt was taken to the emergency room at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, and subsequently booked into the Summit County Jail.
Hunt has been charged with felony menacing, along with misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest. He’s scheduled to appear in county court on April 23.
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