Police: Colorado woman arrested for allegedly using bear spray at Fourth of July event

TRINIDAD, Colo. — A Colorado woman has been arrested for allegedly using bear spray at a Fourth of July event, police say.

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According to the Trinidad Police Department, said on Monday around 9:19 p.m., officers were called out to the Central Park Baseball Stadium after reports of a crowd of people being sprayed with pepper spray. When officers arrived, they found people who were suffering from injuries related to getting pepper-sprayed.

Police identified the suspect as Korie Howlett, according to KKTV. Officers found her armed with a can of bear attack deterrent when they arrived at the scene.

Howlett allegedly told officers that she had the spray with her because of an “unrelated incident that involved stalking between her and an ex-boyfriend and she only had the spray to defend herself,” TPD said. Officers also noticed the smell of alcohol on her and believe she may have been under the influence at the time of the incident.

According to KKTV, witnesses told officers that Howlett was allegedly shouting obscenities leading up to the bear spray incident. Multiple people had told her to stop or leave but she allegedly refused and started spraying.

Howlett has been booked on recommended charges of one count of attempted assault in the second degree, five counts of assault in the third degree, one count of child abuse and disorderly conduct, according to TPD.

If you or anyone you know has any information, call TPD at 719-846-4441.