Deputies arrested a 24-year-old Colorado State University-Pueblo student after authorities located a large cache of weapons in his truck and on-campus apartment on Tuesday, according to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities said they learned Monday that Robert Killis, 24, who has previous military experience, made threatening statements toward university staff and students. The sheriff’s office is responsible for the university’s campus.
Witnesses told authorities that Killis expressed interest in “buying body armor, semi-automatic rifles, shotguns and other guns and saying that he liked to kill people,” according to a release from the sheriff’s office.
Detectives began monitoring Killis on Monday and located his 2020 Chevrolet Silverado pickup on campus and saw an ammunition box, bulletproof vest and a weapons case.
A search warrant was issued on Tuesday for Killis’ truck and Walking Stick Village apartment.
He was detained at a restaurant in northern Pueblo, according to a news release.
Killis told authorities that he was not armed, but admitted he had guns in his truck. Detectives searched his vehicle and found a loaded semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun and a pistol, according to the release.
Deputies also recovered several loaded high-capacity magazines and an ammunition box filled with additional rounds. Tactical equipment was also found in Killis’ truck.
At Killis’ apartment, authorities recovered an additional 100 rounds of ammunition, according to a news release.
Killis was held at the Pueblo County jail on suspicion of unlawful carrying/possession a weapon on a university campus.