Libertarian Party distances itself from gunman in deputy shooting

DENVER — The Libertarian Party is distancing itself from Matthew Riehl, the gunman in the deputy ambush that left one dead in Highlands Ranch on Sunday morning.

Riehl released a YouTube video in which he claimed to be a member of the party and teased the idea of running for office as a Libertarian against Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock.

In the same video, Riehl calls Spurlock “a clown” and predicted he will “flub big time next election.”

The Libertarian Party of Colorado denounced the shooter and said it has no record of him in its database.

The statement also expressed “great sadness” regarding the shooting and offered condolences to the families of those injured in the ambush.

“The core of Libertarian philosophy is a belief in a peaceful means to political change and a repudiation of the initiation of physical force for political or social reasons,” Libertarian Party of Colorado State Chair Wayne Harlos said.

“Ambushing any person and committing physical violence is as blatant a denial of the Party‚Äôs beliefs as any action can be. Ultimately this is not about politics but about an evil action that leaves several families in grief over death and injuries.”