Paroled murderer sets off explosion in Longmont hotel, shot by police

LONGMONT — A man paroled for murdering his grandmother set off an explosion in a Longmont hotel before being shot by a police officer Thursday.

Law enforcement was called to the Residence Inn at 1450 Dry Creek Road just before 1 p.m. on Thursday to talk with Leon Gladwell, 40.

“Officers had information that Gladwell was afraid he was going to hurt someone. They also had information that he had knives and propane tanks in this room,” according to a press release from the Longmont Police Department.

When parole officers contacted Gladwell, they said he became angry and uncooperative. They were able to collect several knives before he retreated into his room.

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