Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Photo by Eldora Mountain Resort
Brian Mahon, General Manager of Eldora, was shot to death by a fellow employee Tuesday morning at the ski area.

Javier Manzano © The Rocky
Nederland Police shot and killed a man at the side of Peakview Road after he shot a worker at the Eldora Ski resort today. The vehicle (on the left) had multiple gunshot holes on the windshield, and police said that they opened fire after the suspect shot at a sheriff's deputy (vehicle on the right - which had three bullet holes (two on the hood and one on the windshield.

A Boulder County Bomb Squad robot maneuvers behind a suspect vehicle after the fatal shooting today at Eldora Mountain Resort near Nederland. (POOL LONGMONT TIMES-CALL RICHARD M. HACKETT)

Employee kills Eldora general manager, shot by deputy
By James B. Meadow, Rocky Mountain News, Kevin Vaughan, Rocky Mountain News
Published December 30, 2008

NEDERLAND — A black-clad worker at the Eldora ski area asked other employees about their religious beliefs before shooting the resort's general manager to death early this morning, then died a short time later several miles away in a gunbattle with a Boulder County sheriff's deputy.

Rob Linde, a spokesman for Eldora Mountain Resort, identified the dead man as Brian Mahon, the general manager at the ski area for the past five years and an employee there since 1991.

The Boulder County Coroner’s Office has identified the gunman as Derick A. Bonestroo, 24, of Nederland.

The gunman, a lift operator at the ski area this season, had been in town only a short time, several Eldora workers said.

Bonestroo entered the morning meeting of lift operators in a locker room near the ski area's base, then fired a shot through the ceiling, said Boulder County sheriff's Cmdr. Phil West. Mahon, working in an adjacent room, burst into the locker room to see what was going on and was shot in the chest and head. He died almost instantly.


Sheriff's deputy John Seifert, on patrol in the area, sped toward the resort and met Bonestroo, who was driving in the other direction, near Nederland High School. The deputy turned around and pursued him on Colorado 119, known as the Peak to Peak Highway, south of town, where Bonestroo stopped in a long, sweeping curb.

West said that after stopping at the side of the road, Bonestroo leaned out the driver's side of the car and opened fire on Seifert's Tahoe. Seifert, a member of the department's SWAT team, bailed out of the car with his AR-15 rifle in hand, moved to the right rear corner of the vehicle, and opened fire on the gunman, killing him.

CHOMP SAYS: I have been up to Nederland and Eldora while I lived in Denver. The Colorado mountain towns have a unique, small town atmosphere. They are wonderful to visit...and to live there. This is a shocking story to me too!

I am including a link below to a memorial page from Eldora Mountain Resort to honor Brian Mahon...a kind and gentle family man, and a good friend to many.

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