My name is Alan Story. I am a 72-year-old Vietnam veteran. Eugene Baylis was a Vietnam veteran, and I consider him a friend of mine, as I do any Vietnam veteran.
Eugene Baylis was in a white van north of Grand Junction when he was contacted by two BLM agents, one a training officer and the other in training. One reached for Eugene's pistol on the dash and so did Eugene. The agent in training took four or five steps back and fired shots in Eugene's head. The training agent also fired.
Let's put the shoe on the other foot. Use this scenario: a policeman has to work two shifts and is tired. The policeman leans back in the seat of the police car with the window down. His gun is uncomfortable and he places it on the dash. A citizen walks up to the window and reaches for the gun. The policeman also reaches for the gun. Would it be justifiable for the citizen to shoot and kill the policeman? This is exactly what happend to Eugene Baylis.
Alan R. Story
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.