Police clarify Marvin Heemeyer’s violent intent
(Originally published June 17, 2004 in the Sky-Hi News)
The Grand County Sheriff’s Department has issued a press release that states the facts about some of the violent actions taken by Marv Heemeyer during his bulldozer attack in Granby June 4.
“A significant amount of information has been circulating regarding what many people believe was Mr. Heemeyer lack of intent to harm anyone during this incident,” the press release states. “Statements of both witnesses and the physical evidence recovered contradict the belief.”
The release states that Heemeyer fired numerous rounds from a semi-automatic rifle at Cody Docheff, who was attempting to stop the assault on his concrete plant.
Docheff jumped in a loader at his plant and attempted to stop Heemeyer’s bulldozer from knocking over the walls of the building. Several bullet holes in the bucket of the loader bear mute testimony to the firing of Heemeyer.
The release adds that Heemeyer never made any attempt to advise his intended targets that he intended to destroy their buildings prior to doing so.
“With only two exceptions, all of the damaged buildings were occupied until just moments prior to the destruction. As an example, the Granby town hall and library was not only inhabited by several town employees and librarians, a children’s program (with numerous children present) was in progress in the library when the incident began,” the release states.
But that’s not all.
Heemeyer fired approximately 15 rounds with a semi-automatic .50 BMG rifle at both power transformers and large propane tanks located at Independent Gas in eastern Granby near County Road 60.
“Has these tanks ruptured and exploded, anyone within one-half mile of the explosion would have been endangered, including approximately 12 law enforcement officers and those individuals living at the senior citizens town homes on East Agate Avenue.”
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