Neighbors React To Deadly Shooting Of White Supremacist

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– The man shot and killed Thursday night by Englewood Police was Jeremiah Barnum, a white supremacist leader who was convicted in 1999 of murdering a West African immigrant in Denver in a shocking hate crime.

Barnum, 38, had been released from prison Nov. 30, 2011, after his most recent stay.

Neighbors describe unrest where Barnum had been living. A woman and child also lived at the home.

“It’s always a commotion over there,” said neighbor Betty Klein. “Different one’s in and out and things constantly. Different than what the neighborhood is. They have different people going in and out and it had been raided sometime in the last year.”

A yellow mustang is what led Englewood Police Officers to the Walgreens parking lot Thursday evening. Two men inside the car were arrested in connection with the stolen car investigation.

As one officer completed paperwork to impound the vehicle, another officer noticed Barnum sitting inside a white Mustang. Officers said he was a known associate of the men arrested.

shooting Neighbors React To Deadly Shooting Of White Supremacist

An image of the scene of the shooting Thursday night (credit: CBS)

When they approached Barnum, officers said he didn’t act like he was going to cooperate.

“The subject was reaching for what appeared to be a weapon in his hand,” said Englewood Police Investigator Brad Johnson.

Police said Barnum erratically backed up, nearly running over an officer.

Witnesses describe a similar scene.

“Told him to stop. Get out of the car,” said witness Lonnie Eastwood. “It was like five shots that went off. We watched him pull him out.”

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Barnum died a short time later at Swedish Medical Center.

A Denver jury convicted Barnum in the 1997 murder of Oumar Dia in downtown Denver. Dia, a 38-year-old bellhop at a downtown hotel, was waiting at a bus stop at 17th and Welton when Barnum and an accomplice, Nathan Thill, approached him and shot him dead.

Barnum later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was imprisoned for the Dia case from 2002 until he was released on parole in 2009, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections. But he was arrested again in April 2011 on a drug charge and returned to prison for five months until he was released last November.

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Watch a 30 minute special produced by CBS4 about the aftermath of the 1997 murder. A CBS4 crew traveled to West Africa and to Oumar Dia’s homeland. See in the special how Dia’s life in Denver meant so much to people around the world: Oumar Dia’s Legacy.

Comments

One Comment

  1. RRD says:

    Why is it anymore that news articles seem like nothing more than someone’s blog?:/

  2. ATL says:

    For one thing.He was not a white supremacist leader.Stop slandering his name for gods sake.He did not pull the trigger to kill that man in 97.Yes he has the tattoos of a skinhead, but he was not one at heart.

  3. ATL says:

    Oh you guys forgot to mention the girl in the car with him when he got shot.She knows what really happened, but you guys the ”Media” wont report that.

  4. MileHigh says:

    White supremacist leader or not….White supremacist none-the-less…The EPD did a great job. Oh yeah, almost forgot the cops were wearing uniforms and badges, but they were not cops at heart……ATL, doesn’t that sound ridiculous???

  5. EddyTheEagle says:

    in Austin, TX police did a similar thing when some suspects tried to run them over. Unfortunately the assailant was a black youth and so the officers are facing reprimands, calls for their firing, and protest.

  6. ATG says:

    One less welfare mootch.

  7. Beavis says:

    ATL was probably hiding under the car like a little sissy with wet pants. This Barnum coward slandered his name all by himself, loser. Police did everyone a big favor.

    1. LZRD says:

      u onley listen to what the cops say and what media says unfortunately u dont know the man if u new the man u would’nt be running ur mouth like u are u don’t know any thing about this person so all ur doing is following the media and talking b.s. like they are do ever one a favor quit talking B.S.

  8. JOe says:

    What a misleading headline. According to the article ,
    ” a white supremacist, neoconservative,
    was apparently shot , while acting like a
    white supremacist, neoconservative..

    OOPS, NO WAIT ..THEY WERE CAUGHT STEALING CARS

  9. Michael says:

    7 YEARS! Are you frigging kidding me. We’ve let he war on drugs get so out of control that someone goes to jail for 7 YEARS for MURDER. Executing a poor guy cause he’s black and that get’s 7 years….

  10. P says:

    YOU ALL HAVE NO IDEA WHAT OR WHO YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT! HE WAS THE MOST AMAZING MAN WITH MORE HEART AND LOVE TO GIVE THAN I COULD HAVE EVER HOPED FOR OR THOUGHT POSSIBLE ! I WOULDNT WISH THIS PAIN AND HORRIFIC LOSS ON ANYONE AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO KNEW HIM KNOW THE TRUTH, AND WHO HE WAS FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DIDNT KNOW HIM, THATS YOUR LOSS! WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY AND LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITH OUT YOU IN IT! I LOVE YOU AND WILL NEVER FORGET ALL THE LOVE YOU BROUGHT TO OUR LIVES AND ALL THOSE WHO HAD THE PLEASURE OF HAVING YOU PART OF THEIRS! LOVE YOU BIG SKIES

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