Second Suspect In Town Hall Arson Released From Hospital

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

After being released from a hospital, the second suspect in the arson of the Green Mountain Falls town hall was booked by El Paso County Deputies. Kyle Lawrence was released on bond but is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Lawrence, 22, was the man who barricaded himself inside a Colorado Springs home when the investigation into the alleged arson caught up to him. For several hours, Deputies say Lawrence refused to exit the house at 2034 Eagle View Drive. SWAT, deputies and ATF agents surrounded the home until he eventually did walk out voluntarily after about three hours.

After the standoff, Lawrence was taken to a burn care facility in Denver for the treatment of severe burns. Shaffer was also treated for less severe burns and later arrested on the charges of arson, burglary and conspiracy to commit arson. All are felonies.

According to court documents, Lawrence worked with Zachariah Shaffer, 21, to set the fire. When Shaffer was questioned at the hospital, he reportedly said that he had asked Lawrence to participate in the arson.

"Although [Shaffer] had only a speeding ticket and really had no bad dealings with the police, he had heard several people complain about how they were crooked bastards," the affidavit says. "Mr. Shaffer described himself and Mr. Lawrence as anti-government."

The pair allegedly planned to use a crowbar and sledge hammer to break into the town hall, but found an unlocked window instead. They were originally going to break the computers, but decided to burn the building instead.

Shaffer allegedly told the deputy they spread close to five gallons of gasoline inside the building and was headed to the window when he heard the vapors ignite. He threw the cans outside just before realizing he was on fire.

Shaffer rolled on the ground to put out the fire and then looked back where he saw Lawrence was also on fire.

The court documents indicate that a tip led the Sheriff’s Office to Shaffer and Lawrence. The tipster told deputies that Shaffer had unexplained burns on this hands and that a second man, Lawrence, was also burned.

Both Shaffer and Lawrence have now posted bond. Shaffer is scheduled for a court appearance at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.

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  • by Bob on Apr 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM
    Verlo is a D-bag who wishes it was the 60's.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM
    So if they had only originally planned to break computers, why did they conveniently have 5 gallons of gasoline on them? Too bad the fire didn't finish them off too.
  • by Mike Location: C Springs on Mar 5, 2012 at 06:08 AM
    This link is from Eric Verlo's webpage. He is not peaceful.
  • by C/S on Feb 29, 2012 at 08:31 AM
    KDRO is reproting one of these suspects was part of the occupy movement. Maybe if they were occupying jobs they would have less time to participate in stupid criminal acts.
  • by James Location: GMF on Feb 28, 2012 at 06:35 PM
    What kind of a statement were these two mental midgets trying to make? A 100 year old landmark is gone forever. To many of these self centered mouthbreathers roaming the planet.
  • by @Yup on Feb 28, 2012 at 07:52 AM
    It's marshal, not marshall.
  • by Hater on Feb 28, 2012 at 07:49 AM
    This guy looks like some Shakespearean era tool.
  • by Disgusted on Feb 28, 2012 at 07:14 AM
    Antigovernment? Gadzooks! Sounds like Tea Party terrorism!
  • by Mike on Feb 28, 2012 at 06:37 AM
    Occutards being occutards.
  • by bron on Feb 28, 2012 at 04:52 AM
    I read he was part of the occupy crowd. Is this true?
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