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The Latest: Police ID armed men arrested at Springs protest

August 5, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a police protest in Colorado Springs (all times local):

5:35 p.m.

Authorities have identified two men who were arrested after allegedly drawing guns during a protest in Colorado Springs as Dustin W. Brooks and Justin J. Brooks, both 33.

The men were arrested Monday on suspicion of disorderly conduct after scuffling with demonstrators outside police headquarters. The demonstrators were protesting the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect by police.

No phone number could be found for either man, and their names didn’t immediately appear in online jail records. It wasn’t clear whether they had attorneys who could speak on their behalf.

Police didn’t say whether the men were brothers.

Authorities say the men were bail bondsmen. Police say the pair arrived on motorcycles wearing bulletproof vests and bail bonds badges and carrying handcuffs and handguns.

Police say both men drew weapons after a protester struck one of them during an argument.

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3:50 p.m.

Two bail bondsmen were arrested Monday during a police shooting demonstration after they drew guns during a scuffle with protesters upset over the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect.

At least one protester struck the men during Monday’s demonstration outside police headquarters, leading a larger fight to break out and the men to pull their guns, Colorado Springs police Lt. James Sokolik said. He did not have an estimate of how many people were involved. The Gazette reported that there were more than 30 people fighting in the street.

The men were arrested for disorderly conduct. They were wearing handcuffs and bulletproof vests, and it’s possible there was confusion about whether they worked for law enforcement, Sokolik said. Police asked protesters to leave the area after the arrests.

Earlier, more than 60 people marched to the building to protest the killing of the suspect on Saturday evening. Video shows they entered the first of two sets of glass doors and chanted for justice as officers watched from inside the lobby.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting and is in charge of releasing information about it. It says police identified two people suspected of robbing a person. After police found the suspects, the office said that one of them reached for a firearm and at least one officer fired a shot at the suspect. Some witnesses say they did not see a weapon on the suspect and that he was running before he was shot.

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