Driver claims to be MS-13 gang member, says he has explosives

The Pueblo Metro Bomb Squad responds to the scene in the 100 block of West 29th Street after a driver claims to have a bag full of explosives. (Photo: Pueblo Police Dept.)
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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - A man is behind bars after a tense traffic stop early Sunday morning escalated into a potential bomb scare.

It was a state trooper who first pulled the suspect over around 1:45 a.m., but the situation quickly called for a team effort as the hostile suspect refused to obey orders.

"[Pueblo police officers] arrived and found an uncooperative male saying 'shoot me' and refusing to comply with commands," said Capt. Tom Rummel with the Pueblo Police Department.

The man ranted that he was a member of the MS-13 gang and was carrying a bag of C-4 explosives. Keeping their weapons fixed in his direction, officers eventually got the suspect out of the vehicle and into custody.

With the driver detained, an explosives team was called to check out the car. After combing through the vehicle and bag in question, the bomb squad declared there were no explosives. The vehicle was, however, found to have been stolen out of the Springs.

At the time of this writing, the suspect has not been identified and no details about the stolen car have been released.

"This was a great job by the trooper, the officers, and the EOD team members in a tense and potentially dangerous situation!" Rummel tweeted.