Cop Lured Into Ambush At Road Blockade, Attacked With Chemical Bomb

Arvada Police Officer T. Grahn lost consciousness after the suspects threw a chemical bomb at him.

Arvada, CO – An Arvada police officer and a citizen were injured by a homemade chlorine bomb while they were trying to clear a barricade off of a roadway on Saturday night.

The attack occurred near the intersection of Beech Street and West 68th Avenue just after midnight, Arvada Police Chief Link Strate said in a video release.

Arvada Police Officer T. Grahn received a report about the barricade, and arrived to find that street signs had been pulled out of the ground and piled up in the roadway. The suspects also strung plastic wrap across the street and secured it to the signs, The Denver Post reported.

As Officer Grahn approached the barricade, he spotted a plastic bottle lying near the signs.

“Hey, asshole,” a man suddenly yelled, as someone ran away from the scene.

Officer Grahn drew his weapon and began looking around him with his flashlight, just as the male citizen who reported the barricade came over to assist him in clearing the roadway.

As the citizen and the officer were dismantling the obstruction, someone threw a plastic bottle at them.

When it hit the ground, the bottle released a cloud of white gas that Officer Grahn later said smelled of chlorine.

The effects of the “chemical bomb” rendered the officer unconscious, Chief Strate said.

Officer Grahn was rushed to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with chlorine gas exposure, The Denver Post reported.

The citizen was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Police located three more chemical bombs during the course of the investigation.

The Arvada Fire Department’s hazmat crew determined that at least one of the bombs was composed of powdered chlorine and brake fluid.

Investigators also located a Walmart receipt in a nearby field, which listed the same items needed to construct the devices.

They used surveillance footage from the store to identify five male suspects, all of whom were arrested within 24 hours of the attack.

Braiden Ulmer, 19, Gavin Dawson, 19, Isaac Koch, 19, Maxwell McCann, 18, and an unnamed juvenile have been charged with suspicion of conspiracy to commit possession, use or removal of explosives or incendiary devices, two counts of use or removal of explosives or incendiary devices, criminal attempt of second-degree assault, and first-degree assault.

They are scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

Officer Grahn, a four-year veteran-of-the-force, has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home, Chief Strate said.

“I am grateful that our officer and the community member were not more seriously injured, although we do not yet know the long-term effects of this attack on them,” he added.

“We know that this attack on one of our officers is not representative of our community,” the chief noted in the video release. “We appreciate the support of our community, and we take their safety and our officers’ safety very seriously.”

Comments (81)
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Grandmoi
Grandmoi

20 years incarceration is what they deserve..more likely they will get 5 years probation, lollipops and invitations to be paid speakers at public anarchy events.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

It's Colorado. Slap on the hand punishment for these "children", more than likely.

lauraaz
lauraaz

What the hell would make these kids even think of doing this? They need to find out what or who was behind them deciding to do this. No mercy on any of these kids! They should all get maximum sentences.

Skycop
Skycop

Maybe they should be used as human hazmat first responders. Yank them out of jail and every time a suspicious package, bottle, or device is located, make them check it out first. If they survive, credit them with a week off their time. I would think their perspective on what police and fire personnel go through might change their minds. Of course this will not happen. The courts would think this "cruel and unusual."

1Starhoosier
1Starhoosier

I say if they like playing with chemical bombs, put them inside an army gas chamber that they use for basic training troops. They use these gas chambers for training the troops and shows them how effective their gas masks are. You walk in wearing your gas masks, and after a few minutes, the drill instructor tells you to take off your mask and say your name, rank, and your SSN. as soon as you get a whiff of the gas in there, you cant breathe, cant see, and some of them puke. If the drill instructor is in a good mood, he will let you go outside and get some fresh air within a few seconds. If not, they might make you stay in there til you think you are dying......throw these 4 low life punks in the chamber and see how they like it

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Officer Grahn, a four-year veteran-of-the-force, has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home, Chief Strate said."

Good news on the Officer........and good to hear that 4 of 5 can be tried as "adults" and to the fullest extent of the law.

lrogers664
lrogers664

Wish they could find some applicable federal charges with some substantive penalties attached in this instance.

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

They lack moral fiber.

yelyana
yelyana

Should have charged those mental midgets with attempted murder.

BrotherSid
BrotherSid

Look at the steps those criminals took in luring that citizen and police officer to the scene of their “set-up” to render harm to those innicent individuals provides all the evidence necessary to prove their criminal intent. (Yes, they are CRIMINALS, and what they did and the extent they went to in carrying it out PROVES it!)

There are NO excuses they can give that should excuse them from major terroristic charges being filed against each one of those guys! And yes, I realize these charges and the prison incarceration is going to ruin their life in a very dramatic fashion (especially since they are so young!), but that is their own fault!!! There have been far too many ‘slap on the wrist’ type judgments rendered, and that is why people are constantly becoming more evil and destructive as more of that is done. Our judges have to face up to their responsibilities to protect the public and dish out the punishment suitable for the crime done!! Do that, and watch the crime rate drop!! In fact, watch it plunge!!! Brother Sid

Dhack176
Dhack176

You can bet Trump is not their president.

sgerrels
sgerrels

This situation is a problem solved with 5 bullets

Danimyl
Danimyl

Barry's war on cops has escalated to a new level

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

You have to wonder what kind of a Cesspool these four were raised in to think THIS was OK to do. Catastrophic Parental FAILURE

Broomtownblue
Broomtownblue

Life is tough when you're stupid. No matter the age! Hang em high boys.

CORedleg
CORedleg

Send them to Gitmo as domestic terrorists.

neda
neda

are they the next terrorist?? mass murderer?? they appear to have the mental capacity to be one. (mr. bauer)

Dannyboy6890
Dannyboy6890

These boys are very stupid ... I do not believe they are terrorists and definitely did not think about the consequences of their actions!!!

PADDYWAGON
PADDYWAGON

ATTEMPTED MURDER............

Rustoleum
Rustoleum

Considering the fact that chlorine gas and bombs are considered chemical weapons and have been used against people around the world, these perps should face Federal Domestic Terrorism charges.

J_Logi83
J_Logi83

Those little snots need to have the shit kicked out of them.

PADDYWAGON
PADDYWAGON

....The "idjit" population needs to be decreased by 4 ..........

Retiredli
Retiredli

Parents should be brought up on charges, failure to raise a child properly.

BLUsupporter
BLUsupporter

Attempted murder... nothing less. They need to be terminated. They're worthless wastes of space if they can do something like this to anyone, let alone a police officer. No mercy.

policeofficermom
policeofficermom

Eye for an eye.....

twj
twj

My first thought (other than the safety of the officer and citizen) was - you dumb fuckers - a Walmart receipt??? really? It led straight to footage of you assholes buying the supplies to make these bombs. They dropped a Walmart receipt! Classic evidence right there- surveillance video. I hope a bomb gets dropped on them in the form of a prison sentence, but it sounds unlikely by the other comments. What a shame, they were caught dead to rights.

1Starhoosier
1Starhoosier

This BS about not naming juveniles is pathetic. One knows right from wrong at a very young age, so let's do away with this crap about protecting them from the public eye.

MGJohnson
MGJohnson

These assholes should be thrown in federal prison for launching a Chemical weapon on U.S. soil, As well as attempted Murder the only way this shit stops is we put these ass hats under the prison and no one to ever hear from them again.

RPG156
RPG156

There is really only one reasonable outcome for them.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Happy to hear 3 of 4 can be tried as adults.

Devilmom
Devilmom

Notice the beady little eyes. Sure sign of intellectual vacuum.

Wolfman2253
Wolfman2253

Hope they learn to sleep with their backs to the wall.....just saying

chiefd
chiefd

I believe it said 4 adults and one juvenile. 5 total.

NickyJ
NickyJ

Total trash to do something like that

John Christopher
John Christopher

It's quite easy to create chemical weapons with common house hold cleaning supplies. The hate that is out there for law enforcement is worse than what it was back in the '70's.

Jenifer1947
Jenifer1947

they had better be tried as adults.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Little SOB's need to be looking at a 5×8 room until they're in their 70's!

pixiepup
pixiepup

Why do I have. Bad feeling that they will just get a smack on the hand! They will just go on to do worse crimes. They r white though so no one will complain. There might be a chance that they will get what they deserve. A small chance!

LynnSB
LynnSB

Why not Attempted Murder of a Police Officer ??? More Bull Shit -- because there all young they will get nothing more then a slap on the wrist !! Another Deal --- this is wrong Throw there Evil Asses in Prison for SEVERAL YEARS !!

LPD133
LPD133

They should be charged with Attempted Capital Murder.

SupportBlue
SupportBlue

Well, I guess since they're 19 yrs old plus a juvenile it'll be "now don't do this again boys."

temarch
temarch

This angers me so much. Where are their mothers? Where are their fathers? They didn't train them up in the way they should go and this is what happened. And they will become the heros of many other young people. They broke the ice. I'm afraid more kids will be emboldened to do the same. Just like the attacks on our protectors children and families. I pray God's people surround them and protect them and show them how much we love and appreciate them for a change. I'm for surrounding and praying over and protecting our protectors. I hope at least one other person is too.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Nothing will happen to them. Sorry.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Do you know what their intent was? I do.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

How many of you would volunteer to be on their firing squad ?

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Id volunteer to kill them with my bare hands.

billmc972
billmc972

Why are those little pukes still breathing.

Maudie
Maudie

No comment from the Democrat governor.