Man with pellet gun that resembled rifle found near Boulder’s Chautauqua area

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Chautauqua Park in Boulder.

BOULDER, Colo. — A man who was carrying a pellet gun that looked like a sniper rifle was escorted out of Boulder’s Chautauqua Park Tuesday.

Park rangers intend the charge the man for violating open space regulations.

Patrons at the park reported seeing the man walking with what looked like a rifle wrapped in a blanket, deputies said.

Rangers from the Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, Boulder police, CU police and deputies from the sheriff’s office searched the area for the man but didn’t find him.

The park and trails to the Flatirons were closed while they searched.

He was found around 2:30 by a team from Rocky Mountain Rescue just below the first Flatiron, deputies said.

The man had a .22 pellet gun, which was wrapped in camouflage material, deputies said.

He was escorted down the hill and taken to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office on a mental health hold, deputies said.

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