Man who reportedly shot himself in front of officers identified as CU student

Boulder Flatirons. (Robert Tann/CU Independent)

The Boulder County Coroners Office has identified a man who reportedly shot himself in front of two officers as Thomas Schoderbek, 20, of Bend, Ore., according to the Daily Camera.

Schoderbek was an undergraduate student at CU, and the Camera reported that the university has confirmed he was a student.

According to the Camera, at 7:30 p.m. on April 2 Boulder County Sheriff’s Office deputies were sent to do a welfare check on Schoderbek at the Meyers Gulch Trail Head off of Flagstaff Road. They located Schoderbek in the parking lot, but shortly thereafter he reportedly shot himself in the head in front of a deputy and Boulder County Open Space ranger. An investigation is ongoing.

According to a university web page, Schoderbek was a chemical engineering major expected to graduate in 2021, and was a research assistant in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Students who are experiencing thoughts of suicide can call the Counseling and Psychiatric Services 24/7 support line at 303-492-2277 or attend walk-in hours Monday through Friday.

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Carina Julig

Carina Julig serves as the managing editor of the CU Independent. A junior majoring in journalism and political science, she formerly interned at the Boulder Daily Camera and studied journalism abroad in the Balkans. She is a California native and cut her teeth in student journalism at her San Diego high school.

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