Arrest records suggest Colorado Springs suspect wanted to ‘go out in a blaze’

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Anderson Lee Aldrich, the alleged gunman who killed five people at an LGTBQ+ club in Colorado Springs over the weekend, previously told his family he wants to be Colorado’s KKTV “next mass killer.” reports

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In June 2021, Aldrich, who identifies as non-binary, was arrested for threatening the grandmother, who they lived with, with a pipe bomb, prompting a heavily armed police tactical team to respond and evacuate homes. surrounding.

Eventually, crisis negotiators were able to bring Aldrich in, and they were incarcerated in the El Paso County Jail on two counts of threatening felony and three counts of first-degree kidnapping, according to the sheriff’s office. .

Anderson Lee Aldrich booking photo

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However, the case file has since been sealed, so it is unclear whether formal charges have been brought or dropped.

A news release from the sheriff’s office said at the time that a woman called the department and said “her son was threatening to harm her with a pipe bomb, multiple weapons and ammunition.”

County officials said they could not comment on such a sealed case under state law.

According to arrest records in the case uncovered by KKTV, investigators said they believe Aldrich told his family members they wanted to carry out a shooting or bombing and “go out in a fire”.

The 21-year-old allegedly made ‘threats of homicide’ against his grandparents when they announced plans to sell their home and move to Florida in 2021, court records show.

They also said the move would harm their plans to build a bomb, a plan referenced in court documents, where investigators sought a search warrant to search for weapons and explosives to “prevent a terrorist attack.” planned,” according to KKTV.

At an earlier family reunion about the move, the outlet reports, Aldrich allegedly pulled a loaded gun and said “you die today.”

Aldrich said the 2021 arrest and the resulting public description of it in a press release from the sheriff’s office were incorrect.

‘This is all wrong,’ they said in Colorado Springs Gazetteearlier this year, before the shooting at Club Q.

“They tried to bury me under (the charges) and keep me behind bars,” they added.

Aldrich’s estranged father Aaron Brink, a former MMA fighter and self-proclaimed “conservative Republican” told CBS8 he led the alleged shooter to believe being gay was a mistake and “praised him for his violent behavior”.

He added, however, that he did not believe in perpetrating the kind of violence Aldrich is accused of.

“I’m so sorry guys for your loss,” Mr. Brink said. “Regardless of politics, it’s human life. I am really sorry. My soul goes out to you.

“Life is so fragile, and it’s precious,” he said. “The lives of these people were precious.”

Wednesday, Aldrich appeared in court for the first timewhere they face preliminary charges, including five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of bias-motivated felony.

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