Grand Junction man killed in shootout with BLM acquitted in 1993 shootings |

Grand Junction man killed in shootout with BLM acquitted in 1993 shootings

GRAND JUNCTION — The man killed Sunday in a shootout with Bureau of Land Management officers in western Colorado killed two people and wounded five others at a bar in Colorado Springs 25 years ago.

The Gazette reports he was acquitted in the 1993 shootings. His attorneys argued he fired in self-defense after a motorcycle gang member shot him in the face earlier with a pellet gun.

The man, who was identified Tuesday as 67-year-old Eugene Herbert Baylis, died Sunday of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Mesa County Coroner’s Office. Authorities say two BLM rangers were checking on a van parked on BLM property near Grand Junction when Baylis fired at officers, hitting one in his protective vest. The other officer returned fire, killing Baylis.

The Daily Sentinel reports the BLM hasn’t provided an update on the wounded officer.

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