Glenwood Springs, Colorado – A potential large-scale attack was averted at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park after a heavily armed man, equipped with tactical gear and explosives, was found deceased. The individual, identified as 20-year-old Diego Barajas Medina, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. The discovery occurred during routine pre-season inspections at the park, which is preparing for its upcoming season opening.
Upon locating Medina’s body in a women’s restroom, authorities found him clad in black tactical gear resembling law enforcement attire, including body armor and a ballistic helmet. In his possession were a semi-automatic rifle, a handgun, several loaded magazines, and multiple improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Further investigation revealed additional IEDs in a vehicle associated with Medina, although not all the explosives were deemed real.
The Grand Junction Bomb Squad was summoned to the scene, ensuring the safety of the IEDs. An extensive sweep of the park confirmed no further devices present. Sheriff Lou Vallario emphasized the magnitude of potential harm averted, noting the significant amount of weaponry and ammunition discovered. A message in the restroom, stating “I am not a killer,” suggested Medina’s intentions may not have been towards mass violence, as initially feared.
Authorities stated that Medina was not previously on their radar, raising questions about how such an arsenal was amassed undetected. His home, shared with his mother and brother, is under investigation, along with his digital devices and social media. School authorities and classmates are also being consulted to gain insights into Medina’s background and possible motives.
Nancy Heard, the general manager of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, expressed her gratitude for the thorough response of first responders and the importance of community safety. While the park remains closed during its seasonal transition, this incident has undoubtedly heightened security awareness in public spaces.