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On August 23, 2019 at approximately 10:44pm, a Colorado State Park Ranger at Boyd Lake State Park contacted Larimer County Sheriff’s Office dispatch requesting emergency assistance. Several LCSO deputies and Loveland Police Department officers responded.

At approximately 10:15pm, the ranger had given a verbal warning for excessive noise to a group of 10- 15 people drinking heavily at one of the campsites. Shortly before the request for assistance, the ranger returned to the campsite to issue a formal warning after the group failed to comply with the initial warning. The ranger identified Troy Dale Rael (08/24/1976) as the primary occupant of the site. When the ranger asked Rael for his identification, Rael became confrontational with the ranger and instigated a physical altercation. The ranger attempted to take Rael into custody at which point two other individuals, Noah Moses Rael (07/10/1974) and Nathaniel Troy Rael (07/12/2001) also engaged in the assault, in which the ranger was struck in the head several times. During the assault, the ranger was able to use his radio to call for assistance.

The ranger was able to get away from the assault and displayed his Conducted Electrical Weapon, commonly known as a taser. At this point the suspects began to comply with the ranger’s orders. Deputies and officers arrived approximately four minutes after the initial call for help and the suspects were taken into custody. The ranger was transported to a local hospital by ambulance and later released. No weapons were discharged.

All three individuals were booked into the Larimer County Jail on allegations of 2nd Degree Assault, a class 4 felony and Obstruction of a Peace Officer, a class 2 misdemeanor. Booking photos were not available at the time of this release.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident who has not talked with deputies is asked to call Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Justin Calkins at 970-498-5519.

The charges are merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 6:51pm
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Larimer County Sheriff's Office
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