The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kirk Mitchell

Thorn­ton po­lice of­fi­cer Mickey Schaet­zle was work­ing a grave­yard shift when he made what he thought would be a rou­tine traf­fic stop.

A tour bus pulled up to a Jack in the Box restau­rant in Thorn­ton early on In­de­pen­dence Day. Its haz­ard lights were blink­ing. Schaet­zle didn’t see any in­frac­tion, but he was cu­ri­ous about why the bus was stopped at 2 a.m. at a closed restau­rant.

A friendly guy climbed out and walked up to Schaet­zle. He looked vaguely fa­mil­iar. He said he was a coun­try singer and he and his crew were just try­ing to get some grub. “I didn’t rec­og­nize him at first,” Schaet­zle said. “He asked me if I liked coun­try and west­ern mu­sic. I said I re­ally don’t any more. We laughed ... I like the 1990s era singers like Travis Tritt.”

“‘Like Clint Black?'” the friendly guy asked.

“That’s when it clicked,” Schaet­zle said. “I def­i­nitely felt star struck. I was pretty ex­cited.”

Black posed and in­scribed a pro­mo­tional pic­ture with , “Blue lives mat­ter.”

Black was on his way to Al­bu­querque. He’ll be back on Aug. 19 to per­form at the Ar­vada Cen­ter.

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