Man Shot with Beanbag Rounds in Longmont Sentenced
A 51-year-old man Longmont police say pointed a flare gun at officers, prompting them to shoot him with beanbag rounds, received his sentence Tuesday morning in Boulder County District Court.
Scott Alan Benson pleaded guilty to felony menacing, resisting arrest and illegal possession of a weapon by a previous offender at his Oct. 18 arraignment.
He was sentenced Tuesday to 309 days in Boulder County Jail, which he’s already served, and three years of community corrections, as well as court fines.
Benson was also charged with first-degree assault, obstructing a peace officer, violation of a protection order and a second count of felony menacing. These charges were dismissed by the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office as part of his plea deal.
According to an arrest report, police in February were dispatched to a report of a man waving a gun at a Walmart . A Subway employee told police that Benson became frustrated while trying to buy food and later when a man came and started talking with him at his table. The employee said that Benson pulled a flare gun from his jacket and started waving it around and pointing it at the other man, the affidavit says.
Police found Benson in a car in the parking lot and said that he pointed the flare gun at an officer and ignored their commands to exit the car. Eventually, an officer shot out the front window of the car with a “less lethal” beanbag round, according to the affidavit.
When Benson exited the car holding a backpack and didn’t drop it when they asked, an officer shot him with a beanbag round, which caused him to drop.
Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, firstname.lastname@example.org