BBC- "He was having technology problems, so he took it to the back alley and destroyed it," a police spokesman said.
Lucas Hinch was briefly detained for discharging a firearm within the city.
He did not realise he was breaking the law when he went "Wild West" on his machine, local media reported.
A judge is due to decide what penalty he will receive.
"He got tired of fighting with his computer for the last several months," police spokesman Jeff Strossner told the Colorado Springs Gazette.
The paper said that Mr Hinch "shot the darn thing" when ctrl+alt+delete - the traditional method used to re-boot computers - "consistently did not work" on Monday evening.
"He was able to wreak the kind of revenge most of us only dream about," the paper said. "The computer is not expected to recover."
Hey, as convenient as technology is, it is equally as inconvenient when it's not working. We, as people and as employees, put virtually all of our faith and abilities in the hands on an eletronic machine. So when that machine decides it's not going to work, it's one of the most infuriating things that can happen to you. Shit, the closest I have been to fist fight in the last year is going a couple of rounds with a stubborn laptop.
Remember long ago, in a land far, far away we used to use pens to transcribe our work? Remember what it was like when the fucking ink wouldn't come out of the pen and you had to switch surfaces, and shake the pen, and ended up slamming it on the desk and getting a new pen? Yeah, well we are no longer walking around with excess pens in our ears like 1970's accountants, and it's far harder to grab a new computer than a new stick of ink.
Can you say with certainty that if you had a gun in your vicinity, like this dude inexplicably did, you wouldn't go full blown 'Aaron Hernandez' on a frozen screen? I've been within one involuntary twitch from launching my phone into oncoming traffic when I can't get service. We depend on these smart phones and computers because we are dumber than them. They don't have the authority to have an off day. They are supposed to be busy covering for all of our off days. So if our lives are made more cumbersome because a MacBook is feeling a little hungover it might require a little impact correction. Not sure I want to put it on life support with a couple shells to the torso, but what do I know. I don't carry a gun, and therefore don't know what it's like to think like a gun owner. However, I have heard that shooting a gun is empowering. Is that couple seconds of uninhibited joy worth the money that a new computer is going to cost? Well, that's just a question for another day. Let the man have his moment...