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Gunman breaks into Colorado Supreme Court building; intrusion unrelated to Trump case, police say

DENVER - A man leaving the scene of a car wreck Tuesday shot his way into the Colorado Supreme Court building and inflicted ''extensive damage'' to the building before being arrested by police, authorities said, adding the incident seems unrelated to the court's recent ruling banning former President Donald Trump from the ballot.

Colorado's justices have received threats ever since they ruled 4-3 last month that a rarely used constitutional provision barring from office those who ''engaged in insurrection'' applies to Trump. Authorities, however, said Tuesday's incident appears unrelated to that case. Trump is expected to appeal that ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court later Tuesday.

''The CSP and DPD are treating this incident seriously, but at this time, it is believed that this is not associated with previous threats to the Colorado Supreme Court Justices,'' the Colorado State Patrol said in a statement said, using the acronyms for the state patrol and Denver Police Department.


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