Oct 9, 2009 11:06 PM by Nicole Vandeputte

Man charged with trying to kill Pueblo police officer

A man is facing charges of trying to kill a Pueblo police officer and his family.

Robert Bruce, 47, faces three counts of criminal attempt to commit first degree murder, intimidation of a witness, possession of a incendiary device, and criminal trespass.
Sheriff's deputies say Bruce hooked a propane tank up to a line, turned it on, and led that line to the Pueblo West home of Officer Nathan Pruce. It happened on Tuesday, after Bruce failed to appear in court on peeping tom charges.

According to the arrest affidavit, when Bruce was arrested, he confessed his crime to Officer Pruce and Officer Nicolas Heine. After Officer Heine's death, Pruce was the only officer who could give testimony of Bruce's confession in court.

Sheriff's deputies say Pruce's wife and son were home when Pruce discovered the IED at his home. No one was hurt.

Later that day, deputies arrested Bruce for not appearing in court. At his home, they say they found evidence of the IED. Someone also spotted a car at Pruce's home early that morning.


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