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Man jailed after tossing explosives at Boulder County deputies

Posted at 4:44 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 18:45:16-05

BOULDER COUNTY – A 47-year old man is facing numerous charges after he waved a knife and tossed two explosive devices at Boulder County Sheriff deputies on Sunday.

Deputies and personnel from Coal Creek Canyon Fire Rescue were called to a home in the 700 block of Copperdale Lane in an area of unincorporated Boulder County to check on Daniel Proffitt’s well being.

When they arrived, Proffitt confronted authorities with a large knife and he asked the deputies to kill him. After they spoke to the man for a few minutes, he threw two small explosive devices at the deputies. Both of them exploded, but it didn’t cause any injuries.

One deputy shot Proffitt with a single less-than-lethal beanbag round that caused the man to fall. As he got back up and attempted to run to his cabin, another deputy tased him and he was taken into custody. Proffitt was taken to the hospital for treatment and then booked into the Boulder County Jail.

Proffitt faces four counts of Attempted 1st Degree Assault on a Peace Officer, Possession of Explosive Device, Felony Menacing, Obstruction of a Peace Officer and Resisting Arrest.

No deputies were injured during the confrontation.