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2 armed men handcuffed at police shooting protest

August 5, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Two bail bondsmen were arrested Monday after they allegedly drew guns during a scuffle with demonstrators who were protesting the fatal police shooting of a robbery suspect.

At least one protester struck the men during a demonstration outside police headquarters, leading to a larger fight during which the men pulled 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.

Dustin W. Brooks and Justin J. Brooks, both 33, were arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, police said. Authorities did not say whether the men were brothers.

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.

They wore bulletproof vests and bail bonds badges and carried handcuffs, Sokolik said, and it’s possible there was confusion about whether they worked for law enforcement. 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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