Colorado State University student arrested, arms cache discovered
PUEBLO, Colo .– A student at Colorado State University in Pueblo, Robert James Killis, 24, was arrested after he was found in possession of a large cache of loaded weapons on campus, as a semi-automatic rifle, more than 1,000 cartridges and more.
Killis had made several “threatening and disturbing statements” recently and has previous military experience. He had made threats against university staff and students and discussed the purchase of bulletproof vests, semi-automatic rifles, shotguns and said he “liked to kill people”.
On Monday, September 20, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office began monitoring Killis and found in his 2020 Chevrolet Silverado a box of ammunition on the floor, a bulletproof vest, and a holster seemingly large enough to hold a gun or a hunting rifle.
Detectives obtained a search warrant on Tuesday, September 21 for Killis’ truck and his Walking Stick Village apartment. He was stopped by officers and admitted to having firearms in his vehicle.
Officers found a loaded semi-automatic rifle, shotgun and handgun, several fully loaded large capacity magazines set up in tactical style, and an ammo box full of additional ammo. Other tactical equipment was also found in the vehicle.
A search of the suspect’s home revealed another handgun as well as an additional 100 rounds of ammunition and other suspicious items.
Killis was incarcerated in Pueblo County Jail for unlawfully carrying / possessing a weapon on the college campus in accordance with CRS 18-12-105.5.
Kirk M. Taylor, Pueblo County Sheriff, said: “I welcome the information that has been released and we have acted quickly,” Taylor said. “By reporting the suspicions to our deputies in a timely manner, we were able to quickly investigate and place this person in custody before any harm could be done.”