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An unnamed Colorado State football player was allegedly held at gunpoint Thursday by a Colorado man who thought he was a member of the anti-fascist Antifa movement.
Kevin Vaughan of KUSA reported Friday the Rams player and another man, who were both going door-to-door for a roofing company after a recent storm, were allegedly held up by Scott Gudmundsen, who was arrested at the scene with two guns that were seized for evidence.
The player was described as a “man of color” by the school in an official statement.
Loveland Police Lt. Bob Shaffer told KUSA that police received a call from Gudmundsen, who said he armed himself because he saw two “Antifa guys” walking around the neighborhood.
“I am going out there to confront them,” he told police.
His son, Stanley Gudmundsen, emailed a statement to KUSA saying his father is receiving treatment at a local mental health facility.
“Our sincerest thoughts go out to the two salesmen and we apologize to them and their families for the actions of our father and wish them well,” he wrote.
ESPN’s Alex Scarborough provided a portion of the letter CSU president Joyce McConnell sent to the school community following the incident:
“Our student is a young man of color, while the perpetrator is white. Regardless of what investigators learn or reasons the perpetrator gives, we know this: Our student got up Thursday morning, worked out with his team, then showered, dressed and went to work. Hours later, he was facing a stranger with a gun and hearing police sirens that had been inexplicably called on him. Given what we have seen happening in cities across this country, we know all too well that this encounter could have proceeded very differently.”
U.S. President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr have blamed Antifa for violence at nationwide protests after George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed while in Minneapolis Police custody May 25. A New York Times analysis found no evidence to support the claims by Trump and Barr.
Premier Roofing Company CEO Chris Tulp released a statement to KUSA saying he wanted Gudmundsen “punished to the fullest extent of the law:”
“I have spoken to both teammates and they are understandably shaken. I want to respect their space. With that said, we intend to stand up for the members of our team who are hard-working, honest, charitable, good people. We are proud of them and deeply saddened that they were subjected to this horrific incident and will stick with and support them in any way necessary to ensure justice is served.”
No further details about the Colorado State player were immediately released. The Rams are scheduled to open the 2020 season Sept. 5 against Colorado.