Police Were Warned About White Supremacist

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Undated photo of Jeremiah Barnum (credit: Department Of Corrections)

Undated photo of Jeremiah Barnum (credit: Department Of Corrections)

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Murdered: November 18, 1997

Location Of Murder: Downtown Denver Bus Stop, 17th & Welton

Place Of Employment Before Murder: Denver Hyatt

Hometown: Diorbivol, Senegal untitled 11 Police Were Warned About White Supremacist
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Jeremiah Barnum

- Convicted Of 1st Degree Murder, Charge Later Thrown Out

- Sentenced Again & Imprisoned In 2002 After Pleading Guilty To Lesser Charges And Being Sentenced

- Paroled May 28, 2009

- Arrested In Denver April 26, 2011, Went Back To Prison

- Released From Prison Nov. 30, 2011

- Shot And Killed By Englewood Police Officers On Feb. 23, 2012 untitled 11 Police Were Warned About White Supremacist
nathan thill Police Were Warned About White Supremacist
Nathan Thill

- Convicted Of 1st Degree Murder, Sentenced To Life

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– Police were warned months about about a white supremacist who had pleaded guilty to a role in a racist killing.

Jeremiah Barnum was shot and killed by police in Englewood Thursday night. Barnum, 38, had just been released from prison in Nov. 2011. He had also served time for his role in a high profile hate crime in Denver, the 1997 murder of Oumar Dia.

After Barnum was released from prison last year, police were warned that he had a grudge against law enforcement and might be violent.

Englewood police say the man they shot and killed Thursday night appeared to be reaching for a gun when confronted by officers.

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

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.

Thill is serving a life term for the Dia murder.

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.

Prosecutors said Barnum and Thill attacked Dia due to their racist beliefs. While Thill was thought to be the actual shooter, Barnum was convicted on four counts. Dia had a wife and three children in Africa. The attack also left a woman, Jeannie Van Velkinburgh, paralyzed.

Sources tell CBS4 that while in prison, Barnum was a high ranking member of a violent, white supremacist gang called the “211 gang.” Since his release, Barnum had been contacted at least twice by Denver metro area law enforcement.

Englewood police chief Collins said Barnum had been living in Englewood.

“He kept a low profile. He flew below the radar pretty much,” Collins said.

Officers are being warned today to be on guard, that other white supremacists connected to Barnum are unhappy with his death Thursday night and might be inclined to initiate revenge attacks against police.

CBS4 Video Archive Feature

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.

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