It seems like ski resorts number amongst the most dangerous places in the world lately. The most recent horror occurred today at the small Colorado resort of Eldora, where a disgruntled employee shouted a religious comment and opened fire, killing Brian Mahon, the resort manager, before fleeing and being gunned down himself by Boulder County police.

According to an article in the Denver Post:

A lift operator at the Eldora ski resort shouted something about religion before opening fire and killing Eldora general manager Brian Mahon early today.

The employee, identified as 24-year-old Derik A. Bonestroo, then fled the ski area and was shot and killed by a Boulder deputy after a scuffle, according to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.

Bonestroo entered the locker room of the resort’s pumphouse shortly after 7 a.m., where other employees where attending a routine meeting, fired a shot into the ceiling and yelled something about religion.

Mahon, 49, heard the gunshot and walked into the room and was shot twice, once in the head and once in the chest, said Detective Cmdr.

The employee killed was identified as Brian Mahon, the manager of Eldora.

At that point the suspect fled in his car. Witnesses called 911 and alerted sheriff’s dispatchers.

Highway 119 was closed near Nederland after a shooting at Eldora on Dec. 30, 2008. (THE DENVER POST | HELEN H. RICHARDSON)

Boulder deputy sheriff John Seifert was in Nederland at the time of the shooting and heard the description of the car. Seifert saw the vehicle and after a short pursuit of about two miles, the suspect pulled over at the 25-mile marker on the Peak-to-Peak highway, south of Nederland.

According to Boulder county Sheriff Joe Pelle and Shomaker the driver immediately opened fire on the deputy after stopping his vehicle.

Seifert returned fire, killing the suspect.

Pelle said multiple rounds were fired into both the deputy’s and suspect’s car.

The suspect was killed, and Seifert was slightly injured by glass from a windshield. Seifert was taken to Boulder Community Hospital and was treated and released.

This is “very preliminary,” Pelle said. We “are trying to nail all this down.”

Our thoughts go out to Brian Mahon, his family, and the staff at Eldora.