Army Veteran Charged for Firing Guns in Garden of the Gods

Dozens of gun shots were heard in Garden of the Gods Park early Monday morning.

Police were first called to a residential area just to the south of the park right before 3 a.m. Officers found no evidence of any shots being fired on the street, and cleared the scene.

An hour later, officers returned to the original street, Las Piedras Escondidas, after more people reported hearing shots being fired.

Police say that while officers were trying to figure out where the shooter was positioned, they were nearly hit by several shots ricocheting off the park's famous rock formations.

After setting up containment, police spotted a man leaving the general area that the shots had been coming from. They arrested him without incident and charged him with reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.

11 News spoke with the suspect, identified as Brandon Bougades, who told his side of the story.

“I wasn't shooting at the rock faces, it was more into the shrubs and dirt," Bougades told 11 News. "I thought I was far up enough in there and apparently I wasn't."

Bougades, a discharged soldier, said he's been in Colorado Springs for about two weeks as he transitions out of the military. Being new to the area, he didn't know shooting isn't allowed in Garden of the Gods.

"I wasn't feeling depressed or anything like that," he said. "I was going to shoot some rounds and went to the wrong place to do it."

Police believe he fired more than 100 rounds in the park.

Bougades now says what happened shouldn't have.

"I'm sorry for all the trouble that I've caused in the commotion the other night, waking up the people in the community," he said. "I did something that was foolish and I apologize."