Triggered: How one of Colorado’s smallest protests became its most violent

James Marshall protesting in Alamosa, Colorado on June 4, 2020 minutes before he shot driver Danny Pruitt. (Photo by Megan Colwell/Valley Courier)
James Marshall protesting in Alamosa, Colorado on June 4, 2020 minutes before he shot driver Danny Pruitt. (Photo by Megan Colwell/Valley Courier)

ALAMOSA — The protesters, about a dozen in all, gathered on June 4 in the intersection of State Avenue and Main Street. Like protesters across the country in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing by police, they were demanding police accountability and racial justice. 

The group occupied the crosswalk during red lights, then stepped to the curb on green. Letting traffic pass, they figured, would keep things peaceful.

Some drivers raised their fists and honked in solidarity. Others, cranky that skinny-jeaned millennials were chanting “Whose streets? Our streets” in their city’s main intersection, flipped them the bird.

In the days before the protest, warnings of outside agitators coming in to make trouble prompted a posse of armed businessmen to stand post. People were on edge.

Just before 6 p.m., a man driving a Dodge Ram pickup pulled up to the red light, then accelerated into the crosswalk.  

A video of the scene shows protesters lurch out of the way. It also shows one protester, a white man dressed in black, pull a gun from his waistband and shoot the driver in the head. 

Their June 4 run-in lasted five seconds, less than an average yawn. That’s all it took for one of Colorado’s sleepy protests to become its most violent.

Marshall Law

James Edward Marshall IV, the 27-year-old shooter, is facing a slew of charges, including attempted murder. He knows a thing or two about what he’s up against because he is a defense lawyer.

Marshall grew up in Cincinnati’s suburbs and studied political science at Ohio State University where, as he still touts years later, he was the president of the rifle and “cigar culture” clubs. He graduated in 2018 from the University of Colorado Law School. A former classmate in the student law clinic there says he would bemoan police and prosecutors’ treatment of his clients more loudly and bitterly than others. 

He went to work at the public defender’s office in Durango, a job he kept for only 10 months. In June 2019, he married CU grad Mariah Loraine and moved to Alamosa. She took a job as a child welfare caseworker for the county’s Department of Human Services and he opened a law office at the corner where he would shoot Pruitt a year later.

Photo of James Marshall from his law practice's web site.
Photo of James Marshall from his law practice’s web site.

He called his practice “Marshall Law.”

His goal, he told people here, was to represent clients at fees they wouldn’t need to sell their homes to afford. 

“He thought there was a niche in this area that he could fulfill. He seemed to have the mindset of being of service and wanting to really establish himself,” said Christine Canaly, director of the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council whose office is next to the one Marshall rented.

Canaly has seen tenants come and go in her two decades working in the building. He was the first to tidy up the joint restroom. He even brought a “little wicker basket to make it homey,” she said. “I thought, ‘Wow, this is great!’”

She found him friendly when he would pop in to say hi, but also says he seemed “stressed out” and has a “nervous temperament.”

Marshall played a lot of trivia at Square Peg, a downtown brewery. He also frequented Milagros Café, the popular coffee spot below his office. He sometimes met clients there, though usually grabbed a cup to go while on his cell phone. Customers say he is a loud talker. Some also say his tailored suits and matching dress shoes and belts stood out in a town more accustomed to jeans and work boots.

Over the past year, he struck up several conversations with Aaron Miltenberger, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley. They would chat while waiting for their coffee orders. 

“We’d run into each other and talk about news, politics, whatever. The conversation would often be around the current political state. He’d say ‘I f—ing hate Trump,’ or something like that,” he said. 

“James is pretty tightly wound. There’s an intensity you don’t always see around here.” 

Your typical Texan

Danny Pruitt, the 49-year-old gunshot victim, spent most of the past three weeks in a coma, the bullet still lodged in his brain. 

Named after his dad, he grew up in Maypearl, a town of 1,000 in Texas’s cow country. He served as an electronics tech in the Army after Operation Desert Storm and fell 15 feet on the job, hurting his shoulder and back, before being discharged for disability. He has not worked since, says Tom Metier, his lawyer.

Pruitt’s friends and family say he is fiercely private, unwilling to talk much about his life.

“I didn’t ask, he didn’t tell,” said Brent Thompson, the neighbor he was with in the hours before the shooting.

Records show Pruitt made a long string of moves within Texas before heading to Colorado in 2018. He stayed for a while in a small home near a cemetery in Cañon City, then moved to an RV Park in Blanca with a view of the snow-capped Fourteener of the same name. The mountain, he told people, reminded him there is a God. 

About a year ago, he bought seven acres of cheap land at the far eastern edge of the San Luis Valley. The off-grid community called Sangre de Cristo Ranches has drawn many Texans and Oklahomans, off-roaders and gun people, and at least two residents who recently were using Confederate flags as window coverings.

Pruitt spent much of the past year preparing to build a small cabin on the property where he could live with his 5-year-old daughter, Melody. He also was battling for custody with her mother in Texas until being granted primary custody in the winter.

Danny Pruitt and his daughter, Melody, who is now five. She was with her mother in Texas the day of his shooting. (Photo courtesy of Pruitt family)
Danny Pruitt and his daughter, Melody, who is now five. She was with her mother in Texas the day of his shooting. (Photo courtesy of Pruitt family)

“All he wanted was to get away and build a better life for that girl,” his sister, Candace said. 

Thompson, a preacher who lives down the hill from Pruitt, counseled his new friend through the rough patch. Both are veterans who share a similar “appreciation of this land, of this country,” he said.

He describes Pruitt as “your typical Texan — a cowboy-hat-wearing, pickup truck-driving, downhome, morally sound kind of person” committed, above all else, to his daughter. “The very first thing he built up there is a room for her to be in, a safe place for her while he’s working.”

All I know is he and the mom of his daughter got into some bad stuff and he seems to have some hard times in the past down (in) Texas. He’s like a lot of people who’ve had bad marriages, bad lives, done things they’re not necessarily proud of.” 

Pruitt posted a selfie on Facebook in mid-May. In it, he wore the white cowboy hat Thompson says he saves for trips into town. He was standing next to his pickup on what looks like his property, layers of foothills and the valley behind him. He looked proud. And he was smiling.

“Been here with god (a) while now. Ain’t no way I’m leaving,” he wrote. “I’ll raise my daughter and build things back in my life. Home this is home!”

Stoking fear

The May 25th killing of George Floyd, who was Black, by a white Minneapolis police officer set off a national soul-searching, and public officials across Colorado responded. Leaders of dozens of cities, both big and small, recognized widespread frustrations about police brutality and institutional racism. They acknowledged people’s pain. They promised to look at their own communities’ policies and practices, and make changes, if needed.

City brass in Alamosa said nothing.

“We do not have the big city issues with law enforcement officers. Our law enforcement officers care and I care about them. We know how to get along with each other here,” Mayor Ty Coleman said as an explanation for his silence.

Coleman is Black, a demographic that makes up less than 1% of a city population that is about 41% white and 51% Latino. His election as mayor and the fact that city police have avoided significant civil rights controversies speak to a local comfort with racial diversity, at least to a certain extent. 

Zahra Dilley, 37, is a Black call center worker who moved with her six children from Chicago five years ago. She feels her family is safer here, but not free from racism. She says locals sometimes stare at her with an expression she interprets to mean, “Of all the places you could have went, why here?”

“I don’t think they, including the mayor, want to admit we have the same problems that go on like everywhere else,” she said. 

Alamosa may be more comfortable with its ideological differences. Some 40% of voters here are Democrat, 37% unaffiliated and 21% Republican. Adams State University professors, local business owners, federal employees, Russian pot growers, good-old-boy ranchers and the immigrants who tend their stock, big city transplants and sixth-generation oldtimers have learned to coexist here. In years of Fourth of July and Pride parades, climate action and anti-abortion marches, there has been little turmoil.

But this spring was different. Alamosans, like all Americans, followed how protests in Minneapolis triggered others in Atlanta, Washington, DC and Los Angeles. They tracked the protests in Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo. They saw the grief and fury on marchers’ faces and watched footage of fires and looting. 

Alamosa Economic Development Director Kathy Rogers Woods, in an email she marked as “IMPORTANT and TIME SENSITIVE information — PLEASE READ,” wrote “There have been reports that a group is planning to gather on Main Street at 11 PM TONIGHT – Monday, June 1, for what is thought to be similar activity we’ve been seeing in cities across the nation, of late.” That group turned out to be a gaggle of high-schoolers whose plans to go downtown to spray paint buildings police easily thwarted. 

But three minutes after Woods sent her email, Cathy Garcia, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s southern regional office director, replied all with a message reading: “Group will be in Pueblo at 6 pm tonight. Heard from Trinidad that a group will be there sometime soon and that buses would be coming from Colorado Springs.”

A sign near the Alamosa intersection where James Marshall shot Danny Pruitt on June 4.
A sign near the Alamosa intersection where James Marshall shot Danny Pruitt on June 4. (Photo by Susan Greene)

Some in the email chain read Garcia’s message to mean buses of protesters could be heading to Alamosa. And so, within a few hours, phones here were buzzing with anxious text messages about a purported caravan of radical agitators headed to bust up the town. Managers at the Alamosa Walmart closed early that evening, barricading the doors and windows. 

That night, a posse of civic leaders and other volunteers showed up downtown carrying sidearms and semi-automatic rifles to protect businesses from the would-be band of looters. A contingent of city police officers joined them.

“Several of my friends and I, we open carry and we heard that supposably that they were sending antifa down here to paint our town and terrorize our streets and we weren’t going to let that happen,” said Larry Jack, one of the locals who stood guard.

“We had quite a big turnout, at least 80 of us downtown. … There was really a buzz going on,” added Eric Gile, owner of a roofing company in town.

Buzz was all there was. That night and the other three first nights of protest here went peacefully, with little more friction than a Black man calling a gaggle of armed posse members some names and a white man mooning protesters with “All Lives Matter” written on his butt.

Wanting something better

Marshall and his wife, Mariah Loraine showed up for one of those first protests. They seemed to have come directly from work – he wearing a business suit and she in office attire. She was openly carrying a pistol.

“That seemed really odd,” said protester Jesse Marchildron. “I was like why are you carrying a gun at a peaceful protest?”

He and others say the couple protested with an intensity, even rage that stood out in the crowd of about 30. Husband and wife would lead chants, including one in Spanish. They would shake their signs and scream profanities whenever police would drive by. And they would urge fellow marchers to protect themselves against “the pigs.”

One fellow protester, Elizabeth Oxer, says Marshall was the loudest in the crowd: “But, like, not in a good way.”

Miltenberger had run into Marshall at the café in the weeks and days prior. They talked longer than usual, at first about COVID, then about Floyd’s killing, Black Lives Matter and police violence. He says Marshall vented about a criminal justice system he saw as broken, violent and corrupt. 

I remember feeling like whoa, James is really on edge.”

Screenshots of Marshall’s private Facebook page provided to the Valley Courier show him advising his Facebook friends on May 29 “How not to die while protesting.” “ 1. Be white. 2. Carry a freedom stick,” – slang for firearm – he wrote. He posted an article the next day about the National Guard and Minneapolis police forcing residents into their homes at curfew. “This isn’t policing anymore. It is a hostile occupation,” he wrote.

He elaborated on his views June 1.

“Since being anti-fascist is about to be labeled as terrorism, I’m going to make a record: 75 years ago, our nation finished a brutal World War against fascism. 400,000 American Patriots died to protect the free world from fascism. Millions of Europeans were murdered by fascists. Millions more gave their lives to protect others from fascism’s insidious ideas. Being anti-fascist is the default stance in a democracy.”

“I am not an anarchist. I am not a liberal. I am not a conservative. I am not a Democrat. I am not a Republican,” he wrote. “I am a human being and I want something better than this.”

The morning of the shooting, he posted a section of the U.S. Code about war crimes, implying National Guard members broke the law when tear-gassing and otherwise hurting protesters on U.S. soil. That afternoon, he posted a response to the argument that “Not all cops are bad.” “Well, not all Germans were Nazis, but enough were,” he wrote. 

Four and a half hours before the shooting, he posted: “It’s really hard to go to school for over 20 years, pay $200,000, pass the bar exam and swear an oath to defend the Constitution to then watch high school bullies with badges and guns trample on civil liberties in the name of ‘law and order.’”

“If you can’t dodge it, ram it”

Pruitt spent most of June 4 helping Thompson clear trees in Forbes Park, an area near their properties.

Thompson offered him $150 for his time, but he wouldn’t take it. “He said, ‘No, that’s just what people do for people.’ He’s done that for me more than once, helped me out and never asked for anything.”

He says Pruitt asked if he would drive to Alamosa with him that evening for a hamburger. Thompson couldn’t go because he had a 6 p.m. meeting.

“I don’t think he would have gone to town if he knew people were protesting. He doesn’t want nothing to do with it,” Thompson said, adding that Pruitt doesn’t have a TV or follow current events. “He don’t care. He don’t care who the president is. He wouldn’t even listen if you talked about it.”

But Pruitt’s Facebook page shows he was following the news closely.

On May 28, he posted an article about a soldier credited with saving lives in Kansas by ramming a shooting suspect with his pickup truck. He previously had posted a picture of his own Dodge Ram 4×4, writing, “How does it go if you can’t Dodge it ram it if you can’t see it well hit it.”

On June 1, he shared five Facebook posts related to the protests. 

One was a meme picturing Black looters that read, “I don’t know about you, but this doesn’t look like they’re grieving to me.” One defended police officers, à la “not all cops are bad.” One sought prayers for President Donald Trump: “He’s fighting an evil we can’t even imagine.” One showed a T-shirt printed with an American flag and the words “You don’t have to love it, but you don’t have to live here either.” And one was a photo of Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry with his gun drawn, and a reference to the line, “Go ahead, make my day.”

Those posts since have been scrubbed from his Facebook page.

Protesters marching in downtown Alamosa on June 4, 2020 moments before the shooting. Shooter James Marshall is pictured at far left. (Photo by Megan Colwell/Valley Courier)
Protesters marching in downtown Alamosa on June 4, 2020 moments before the shooting. Shooter James Marshall is pictured at far left. (Photo by Megan Colwell/Valley Courier)

Flashpoint

Several protesters showed up to the intersection after work. One carried a cardboard sign she had Sharpied on her lunch break. Another brought a sandwich for the intervals between red lights. They were mostly women, mostly young, and mostly white, though led by a Latina organizer

They knew full well that their neighbors and coworkers weren’t clamoring for national police reform and racial reconciliation. But they hoped that waving a sign in the middle of Main Street would make people think. They also felt like standing for something at a time when they felt powerless. 

Marshall came with his wife. He wore a black T-shirt, a black glove on his shooting hand, his signature aviator glasses and a military cap that covered his blond hair. His black face mask concealed the beard he had grown during lockdown. 

He carried a sign reading “Murder is murder no matter BLUE did it.” And, as he had several nights prior, he was yelling louder than the others. 

Fellow protesters say he was interrupting the organizer and other young women as they led chants, recited names of Black victims of police brutality, and at one point kneeled silently on the pavement. In the video, captured by a nearby bookstore surveillance camera, you can see him marching with an exaggerated, almost militaristic gait in and out of the crosswalk.

The video shows a dark gray pickup approach the protesters, slow down to a near stop, then accelerate toward them. Loraine, among others, jumps out of the way.

Oxer — a 23-year-old Americorps volunteer from Iowa who identifies by the pronoun “they” — remembers thinking someone had been hit. They yelled “What the f—?” and flipped off the driver. 

“Then there was the gunshot. Which was not great,” they said. “At first I thought it was the guy in the truck that had done it. That was my first time ever being near a gunshot. I think I was maybe 10 feet away.”

Chris Canaly heard the gunfire from up in her office. She looked down and saw women running. She said she could hear them “screaming ‘Oh my god, oh my god,’ at the top of their lungs.”

Pruitt had been hit in the back of his head by the 9mm bullet Marshall had shot through his back window. He managed to stop his truck in the middle of the intersection. Oxer says a protester tried persuading him to get out and sit down. He said something, but they can’t remember what. “And then he drove off.”

Thompson was just about to start his meeting when he heard his phone ring. It rang again two more times. It was Pruitt, just shot, calling for help, he says. With each call, Thompson kept pressing the button to say he’d call back. 

Pruitt drove 12 blocks toward the Adams State campus before passing out.

Marshall, in the meantime, ran from the scene with his Glock 43, phoned Randy Canney, a prominent defense lawyer in Salida, drove home to East Alamosa separately from his wife, changed his clothes and shaved off his beard, according to his arrest report. Police arrived two hours and 40 minutes after the shooting. 

He told Detective John Vasquez he acted instantaneously and admitted shooting Pruitt after “he observed the truck come into contact with” his wife and feared for her safety, the report shows. The detective wrote, “As the conversation continued I told James the video footage does not show his wife as he explained and he responded the video would be wrong.”

James Marshall's booking shot at the Alamosa County Jail. (Photo courtesy of Alamosa Police Department)
James Marshall’s booking shot at the Alamosa County Jail. (Photo courtesy of Alamosa Police Department)

Marshall’s booking shot shows him clean-shaven in a lawyerly dress shirt, head cocked back and grinning. He was facing charges of attempted 2nd-degree murder, 1st-degree assault, reckless endangerment, felony menacing, criminal mischief, illegal discharge of a firearm and prohibited use of a weapon. 

Loraine bailed him out on a $60,000 bond the next day, when she either quit or was fired from the county. Canney says the couple left town almost immediately:

“They don’t feel safe there.”

Aftermath

Pruitt came out of his coma over the past week and was released Wednesday from UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. He is recovering at his sister’s home in Alamosa, the bullet still lodged in his head.

He has spoken with District Attorney Robert Willett and with Alamosa police, who are still investigating the case. 

They took over the intersection last week to reenact the shooting. A source advising the probe says detectives have been looking into whether the traffic light was red or green when Pruitt accelerated toward the protesters, and whether any were hit. None of those we interviewed said they were.

Tom Metier, Pruitt’s personal injury lawyer, says his client remembers coming to a stop at the intersection and getting shot. “He has other memories, but not that I can share right now,” he said.

The city’s response to the shooting has been to launch what City Manager Heather Brooks calls a “public education campaign” to keep protesters out of Alamosa’s crosswalks.

In the meantime, about 3,500 people have over the past three weeks donated about $150,000 for Pruitt’s and his daughter’s care. “Please pray for Danny and his family, help him to keep fighting. So his little girl might, one day, have her daddy back,” wrote the niece who organized the Gofundme page.

Conservative, alt-right and fake news outlets have been playing up the story, some going so far as to report that Pruitt died of his gunshot wound. Pundits cite the shooting as proof of a national antifa uprising. Local law-and-order types speak of Pruitt as a heroic patriot with an inalienable right to drive unobstructed on his way to grab a burger.

“He has a right to get there without interference … and defend himself in the process,” said Eric Gile, who was among the locals who stood downtown earlier that week locked and loaded.

“When people are hindering (people) from getting where they need to go and blocking traffic, basically that’s a small riot. … It’s destructive and, yes, a line needs to be drawn,” added Larry Jack, another resident who joined the armed posse.

Whether the traffic light was red or green, Jack says he would have felt threatened by protesters standing in the crosswalk, even if only a dozen. He figures that he, too, would have tried to drive through them. 

“It could have been me. It could have been any of us. I probably would have done the same thing,” he said. “I think the country in general is sick of this, the violence, the hatred, the racism from all sides.”

It is language like Jack’s, implications that white folks are victimized by racism — and by protests against it — that galvanized many protesters here in the first place. That frustration is perhaps best captured by the sign Marshall’s wife was carrying at the protest: “If you are more bothered by how people react to injustice than you are by the injustice you are invested in oppression.” But that point, say several others marching that day, was lost the moment her husband pulled the trigger. 

Oxer’s diary the night of the shooting reads: “This whole thing just reinforces what detractors believe: That we all secretly just wanna set shit on fire and shit.” 

They noted that Pruitt made the first provocation by driving into the protesters, and that “while he was the victim, he was also the instigator.

Alamosa residents left tokens of the concern for Danny Pruitt following his shooting, uncertain if he would survive. (Photo by Susan Greene)
Alamosa residents left tokens of the concern for Danny Pruitt following his shooting, uncertain if he would survive. (Photo by Susan Greene)

“But it’s hard to say (that) about someone on life support.”

Marshall, Oxer says, betrayed their movement, at least in Alamosa where some locals believe protesters ambushed Pruitt’s truck and many more now associate them with violence. 

“It sucks that someone on our side would make things a thousand times worse for us,” they said.

Oxer said they hope Marshall gets the “maximum punishment,” and notes that the Alamosa police who questioned them did a good job. They are fully aware of that irony.

Mayor Coleman said he understands that “protesters didn’t mean for this to happen.” 

But sometimes the reality and the perception are different in people’s mind,” he said. “And sometimes people forget what the original purposes of the marches were all about.”

This story was written in partnership with the Valley Courier in Alamosa. Our collaboration is powered by COLab, the Colorado News Collaborative — a nonprofit formed to strengthen local public-service journalism in Colorado. More than 40 news organizations share in-depth local reporting to better serve Coloradans.

44 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for your excellent reporting and for this nuanced and multi-layered story. No cheap-and-easy “one side’s right and the other is wrong” slant here. There’s plenty of blame and plenty of ambiguity to go around.

  2. Another amazing collaboration illustrating the complexities of us as human beings as well as the entanglements within our communities—rural as well as urban. We need these stories from our rural towns. Thank you Susan and Keith.

  3. I completely agree with the comments by Marshall Shelley and Karen Roberts. And, being quietly concerned about open-carry laws, I can’t help thinking, if Marshall hadn’t had that gun, how would things have turned out? Really good reporting.

    • Hi Carol. Thanks for your comment. My guess is, ironically, that the protesters would have called the police to report Mr. Pruitt. My guess is also that the police may not have acted on it.

    • He was not “open-carrying” – look at the pictures and read the story – Marshall is a killer, not the gun laws you do not agree with.

  4. As a former news director at KGIW I congratulate you for what radio news cannot do–in depth reporting, getting background information which made the story comprehensive and highlights another major problem which our society has not adequately addressed: gun violence and what happens when people carrying guns get angry or feel threatened.

    • Thanks, Emily. We’ve not been able to get confirmation of that from the county attorney, so I’ve tweaked the language to reflect that we don’t know. Susan

  5. The real story here for someone to delve into is how these millennial kids can get so brainwashed by social media echo chambers that they can be turned into outright killers……Mr. Marshall in one but there are many others, mainly white millennials, who participated in rioting, looting, burning, destroying property, and other mayhem. Like the 32 year old massage therapist in Philadelphia who is facing up to 80 years in prison for torching two police cars. These are ostensibly peaceful people who have been motivated into violence. The internet has been used to radicalize them just like the radicalization of a terrorist. Their lives are now destroyed. Why did they do it? Someone should interview Mr. Marshall’s parents. I’m sure they are devastated and cannot believe their son could do something like this. Social media is a new way to psychologically manipulate people for very evil purposes. Everyone should be on guard.

  6. Imagine having to be somewhere like a cancer treatment that’s taken months to arrange only to be stopped by an angry mob of “peaceful protesters”. Happened to my family. A significant number of people on the road are doing critical business. Many of them are going to the hospital. There are actually studies on this. The freeway being blocked in the Bay Area for example meant that hundreds of people could not get urgent hospital care when they needed it. Do the math: that freeway has thousands of people passing every hour. I believe it is over ten thousand per hour. How many more people are going to have to die because George Floyd wouldn’t pay for his cigarettes? Have you been keeping count? I’m not a journalist but I count over 20 dead in the protests alone, and hundreds maimed and billions of dollars in damage. It’s not about Floyd or justice. It never was. How do you think the parents of Officer Shay Mikalonis feel about their son being paralyzed and having to watch as the media, that’s you, made up the story that the shooter didn’t mean to shoot him and wasn’t part of the peaceful protest and then absolute silence when this is shown to be a lie. How do you think they feel right now? How do you think the citizens of this nation feel when we see an entire profession literally encouraging this violence? And judging us without evidence. Are you sure Mr Pruitt tried to ram the protesters? There are videos of the incident so you better have videos of that. But then why shouldn’t Mr. Pruitt or any other person be allowed to get to his or her destination? Streets and highways are the lifeblood of this nation. And then there is the actual looting and wanton destruction. Maybe the damage wasn’t at extensive in Alamosa but the destroyed neighborhoods, the destroyed lives, the hatred and hypocrisy of the demonstrators. Those are the stories you should have been reporting.

  7. Hopefully this sends a chilling message to would-be vehicular murderers. One look at law enforcement fear-based policing and self-defense slayings of unarmed people, and then you realize this man was armed with a two-ton kill-mobile. This has to be a legitimate self-defense slaying and if the wrongful charges are not dropped, the jury must acquit or nullify.

    • He brought a gun to a protest and shot a man in the head for driving what seems to be three miles per hour. He certainly didn’t want to miss his chance to execute someone he felt deserving. Hopefully he has. And hopefully justice finds him in prison, many times.

  8. If the line of protestors had been a line of cops, would the driver still be alive today, or would they have succumbed to two rounds to the chest, one to the head, from multiple officers without a moment’s reflection? For these and all the other reasons, the slaying was justifiable.

  9. Hey, where’d my comments go? What Trumpist fecal smear 5th-column servitor to the genitals of Hitler’s Ghost dare delete the deific illumination of my verbiage?

    • You know what else motor vehicles have? Transmissions. Assuming the vehicle was in gear when he came to a stop, Mr. Pruitt’s foot could have simply slipped off the brake or, distracted by the protestors, he could have inadvertently removed it, and the truck would have then moved forward without any effort or intention on his part. In that case, it was not the man who accelerated the vehicle, as this article accuses, but a mechanical object. I assume you don’t know whether it happened the way I posit or the way you describe it as an intentional action of the driver.

      Yes, anybody who remembers high school physics understands it was technically correct to refer to the action of the vehicle as an “acceleration” since it went from stopped to moving. But most people either did not take high school physics or don’t remember it, and will subconsciously impute motivation to the driver and an intentional effort to reach higher speed from your use of that word. As a wordsmith, you probably know that. A more neutral and less biased way to describe what the car did would have been, as I did earlier, to say it “moved forward.” “Inched forward” would have also been more accurately descriptive of what occurred, because it certainly didn’t look like it attained a speed of more than a couple of miles an hour.

      • According to the reportage the shooter contends “the video is wrong”. ( Clearly the local PD altered the footage to wrongfully incriminate an innocent man! )

        And for the shooter’s assertion he was “fed up with the way the justice system was treating his clients”. How fed up can anyone be after what, maybe of a YEAR of being in practice..? In a one traffic light town? That he SHOT someone at!? Dinesh D’souza pointed out “When the Progressive Left uses The Garden of Eden as the yardstick to measure America’s equality, YES, it looks ‘unfair’ “. ( para )

  10. There is a VIDEO, he did stop, light was green, he inched forward. Your fake news makes sound like he was charging at them… what the hell is wrong with you.

  11. Clearly another Antifa waiting to kill and hurt.
    He found his opportunity and took it.
    These people can look clean shaven but it’s hatred that moves them.
    They are dangerous.
    Our thoughts and prayers go to the victim.

  12. Susan and Kieth
    This may the most balanced, well researched, non-judgemental piece of journalism about protest I ever read. It captures the intensity that feelings about injustice can inflame and the tragedy a moment of conflict can inflict. Hard to read and difficult to write. Sad but well done, Harrison

  13. Alamosa, lived there. Corruption abounds. Heroin Abounds, Meth Abounds. Without Adams State. There would be nothing. Illegals, Potato processors who hire Illegals and Migrant workers for cheap. yes, have land there. Cheap land….. Because there is NOTHING there but corruption!

  14. How is it that you disparage those who stand up here against the hard-right fascism our great-grandparents fought in Axis-controlled Europe? Where is your ire for the hard-right fascist traitors? Why do you aid, abet, and collaborate with the sworn natural enemy of our founding political philosophy, we of the Western Civilizations? Have you no shame, sirrah?

    • You’re deliberately conflating two wholly separate and distinct issues. Buying into the msm narrative equating Antifa to liberation forces landing at Normandy.

      Which NO ONE is buying btw…

  15. Don’t delude yourself folks, Mr Marshall is a very typical sociopath of the Antifa type in Portland and Seattle and dozens of other Blue American inner cities where Left radicalism is growing. His actions in Alamosa shocked those there on both sides. But In Portland, he’d be part of the Antifa sociopath regulars.
    Support this Leftist anarchy at your peril, because there are those in your ranks who will take your words to the next level and call it morally justified in their mental illness.

  16. Good Reporting.
    Please provide a followup to the story or point me to relevant facts. Tomorrow is September 1st. There should be an investigation complete, charges levied, and some type of trial of the charges.
    Where does this case stand?

  17. Marshall is a sociopath who went to the protest hoping to have just enough provocation to feel like he could justifiably shoot someone. I carry in a State that only allows concealed carry, but I have no desire to ever have to use my gun in self defense. I am as prepared as a person can be, but not eager. Every single thing about the attitudes, temperament, and reactions of the shooter confirm what I am saying. I have never once seen or heard of anybody wearing a single shooting glove while engaged in peaceful protest or just while going about their daily lives. That coupled with his absolute contempt for President Trump, and likely all things he associates with POTUS leave him living on the edge of a knife so to speak. Even his actions after the incident show his coldness. He is beaming with pride over his actions that he was eager to admit to. He likely felt, and still feels as a Defense Attorney that he could justify as self defense. This was a great article, but seems wildly exaggerated when describing Pruitt accelerating toward the protesters. He looked like he had only just released the brake when he was shot. Either way, this is mostly the result of a corrupt media establishment that has created division in this Country by fomenting hatred against conservatives and exaggerating a narrative about “systemic racism” that doesn’t exist. Is there racism, sure there is. Racism and bigotry lives inside of some people, but not generally huge groups of people. I say that with the noted exception of the BLM Organization which is more racist than even the KKK ever was.

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