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.

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.

Comments (3)
  1. denvervet says:

    What a waste of a life but maybe he had NOTHING going for him, can’t imagine why someone would waste their time hating his fellow man. It takes too much negative energy and its just plain stupid as heck. I wonder what kind of parents he had. So, his beliefs got him put in prison, and then killed by a cop……that should tell you something right there! Idiot. LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, MAKE SOMEONE FEEL HAPPY TODAY.

  2. LoCo Bob says:

    Sounds like “suicide by cop”. Good riddance.

  3. hvdyqle says:

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    Talking Through Your Hat

    To speak nonsense in order to lie. c1885. an interview on the planet entitled “How About White Shirts”, a reporter asked a New York streetcar conductor what he thought about efforts to get the conductors to wear white shirts similar to their counterparts in Chicago. “Dey’re talkin’ tru deir hats” he was quoted as replying.]

    Eating Your Hat

    There is no such thing like a sure thing, but that’s where this expression originates from. Should you tell someone you’ll eat your hat when they do something, make certain you’re not wearing your very best hat-just just in case. expression dates back a minimum of to the reign of Charles II of The uk coupled with something related to the amorous proclivities of ‘ol Charlie. Apparently they named a goat after him which had his same passion for life including, within the goat’s case, eating hats.]

    Old Hat

    Old, dull stuff; out of fashion. seems to come from the proven fact that hat fashions are never stand still. The very fact of the matter is that hat fashions had not been changing extremely fast whatsoever before the turn of the 1800s. The expression therefore is probably about 100 years old.]

    Mad Like a Hatter

    Totally demented, crazy. did, indeed, go mad. They inhaled fumes in the mercury which was part of the procedure for making felt hats. Not recognizing the violent twitching and derangement as the signs of a brain disorder, people made fun of affected hat-makers, often treating them as drunkards. Within the U.S., the problem was known as the “Danbury shakes.” (Danbury, Connecticut, would be a hat-making center.) Mercury is not utilized in the felting process: hat-making — and hat-makers — are secure.]

    Hat In Hand

    An exhibition of humility. For instance, “I come hat in hand” means that I come in deference or in weakness. assume that the origins come from feudal times when serfs or any lower people in feudal society was required to remove their hats in the presence of the lord or monarch (remember the Dr. Seuss book “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins”?). A hat is your most prideful adornment.]

    Pass The Hat

    Literally to pass your hat among members of an audience or group as a way for collecting money. And to beg or ask for charity. origin is self-evident as a man’s hat turned inverted makes a fine container.]

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