Man who entered Denver police substation was heavily armed

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DENVER – The man arrested after entering a Denver Police Department substation Monday was armed with a handgun, a knife and a loaded AR-15 rifle that was swung over his shoulder.

Police say Daniel Lawrence Ruiz, 33, walked into the building while wearing a tactical ballistic vest, prompting the bomb squad to be called out and a nearby school to be locked down.

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According to the arrest affidavit, Ruiz walked to the clerk and demanded to be let in. When he was denied, Ruiz sat down at a table in the lobby of the building.

When sirens were heard, police say Ruiz removed the vest and rifle and put them on a table. He was then taken into custody.

The bomb squad responded to the substation in the area of 2100 S. Clay St. and searched his car but found no other weapons.

STRIVE Prep Ruby Hill was placed on lockout status because of the police activity, Denver Public Schools said.

Ruiz is being held for investigation of felony menacing, reckless endangerment and introduction of contraband into a facility.

There were no injuries in the incident.