CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval said today his security has returned to normal levels after it was determined the tragic Saturday shooting of an Arizona congresswoman was an isolated incident.
“We had some more protection until (the Department of Public Safety) was able to determine whether that was an isolated incident or part of a pattern of violence and my understanding is that it was an isolated incident so we have returned to normal with regard to my security,” he said.
Sandoval called the incident, which resulted in the deaths of six people including a federal judge, a “terrible tragedy.” The shooting wounded 14 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.
“My heart goes out to the friends and families of the victims in that matter,” he said.
Sandoval said he is also looking at removing the large granite boulders that were placed at the entrances to the state Capitol grounds in April 2010 for enhanced security. The boulders were put in place after former Gov. Jim Gibbons received a threatening message. Some have criticized their appearance.
“We’ve talked about that,” Sandoval said. “One of the things I’ve got to look at is how much is it going to cost. Right now, if that is an expenditure that perhaps the state can’t afford. But that is something I have inquired about.”
Gov. Brian Sandoval says his security is back to normal after Arizona shooting:
Sandoval says he is looking at removing boulders used for security around Capitol: