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Teller County man arrested after allegedly threatening children, Divide school

March 2, 2018 Updated: March 3, 2018 at 8:08 am
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Teller County man arrested on suspicion of threatening to kill children, shoot up elementary school

A Teller County man was arrested Friday after deputies say he threatened to harm his children and shoot up the elementary school in Divide.

Deputies received an anonymous tip Thursday that Jason Smith, 37, was outside his residence in rural Teller County shouting at his children, who range in age from 1 to 8, and threatening to kill them. He also allegedly was talking about a school shooting, mentioning Summit Elementary School.

Deputies went to his home in Florissant, where they found several rifles and two pistols. Smith is a previous offender and was arrested on suspicion of menacing, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and harassment. He is being held in the Teller County Jail pending a bond hearing Monday.

Smith's wife, Nicole Desiray Smith, 27, was arrested for obstruction and child abuse.

The children, who were not hurt, were taken into custody by the Department of Human Services.

The incident is unrelated to the threat that closed down Woodland Park High School Wednesday and Thursday, said Teller County Sheriff's Office spokesman Cmdr. Ronald Couch.

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