One of the suspects in an arson fire that destroyed the historic Green Mountain Falls town hall last week described himself and an alleged accomplice as "anti-government," and said he wanted to "do something to a judicial building."
Zach Shaffer, 21, made the statement to an El Paso County Sheriff's deputy the afternoon of Feb. 24, when he was at Memorial Hospital being treated for third-degree burns to his hands and ankles, according to an arrest warrant. Shaffer was advised of his rights, and agreed to answer the deputy's questions.
Shaffer has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree arson, second-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit first-degree arson. He is free on a $25,000 bond.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Kyle Lawrence, 22, who is facing the same charges as Shaffer. Lawrence was taken to the burn unit at the University of Colorado Hospital, where he remained Tuesday for treatment of second- and third-degree burns.