Deputies: Teller County man arrested after threatening to commit school shooting

Jason Smith Teller County Sheriff's Office

A Teller County man has been arrested after he threatened to kill his three children and commit a school shooting, according to the sheriff’s office. 

Deputies said Jason Smith of rural Teller County was arrested late Thursday night. The sheriff’s office received an anonymous tip Thursday indicating Smith was outside his home shouting at his children, who range in age from 1 to 8 years old, and threatening to kill them. 

Deputies said Smith also threatened a neighbor’s family, telling them he wanted to be “a school shooter.” The threat targeted Summit Elementary in Divide, according to the sheriff’s office. 

Deputies searched Smith’s home and found several rifles and two pistols. Deputies said he is not legally allowed to own firearms. 

Smith is charged with menacing, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and harassment. He is being held in the Teller County Jail, awaiting a Monday bond hearing. 

Smith’s wife, Nicole Smith, is charged with obstruction. A photo of her was not immediately available. 

Deputies said the children were relocated to safety by the Department of Human Services. 

Deputies said this threat is not related to the threat that closed down Woodland Park schools on Wednesday and Thursday. 

UPDATE: Deputies originally said Nicole Smith was also charged with child abuse. This story has been updated with the latest information on charges against her.

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