• Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

Colorado lawmakers charged, fired after fatally shooting 22-year-old man who called 911 for help

ByKarla E. Kowalski

Nov 24, 2022

Two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Colorado man who called 911 for help after his SUV got stuck this summer have been indicted and fired by a county grand jury, officials said.

A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Buen and Kyle Gould, Office of Fifth Circuit District Attorney Heidi McCollum said in a news release.

Buen was charged with second-degree murder, misconduct and reckless endangerment, while Gould was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Christian Glass in Boulder, sources said.

Bond was set at $50,000 for Buen and $2,500 for Gould. No attorney appeared to be listed for either of them. NBC News contacted a LinkedIn account apparently owned by Gould for comment, but did not immediately receive a response. Buen’s contact details could not be found.

Image: Christian Glass
Christian Glass, who was killed in June after calling 911 for help when his SUV got stuck.Courtesy of Rathod Mohammedbhai LLC

The indictment comes nearly six months after Glass was fatally shot in Silver Plume by a Clear Creek County sheriff’s deputy on June 11, according to attorneys for his family and the sheriff’s office.

Glass appeared to be holding a knife when he was shot five times after refusing to get out of his Honda Pilot for nearly 70 minutes, according to body camera footage and an autopsy report from his family’s lawyer.

The 22-year-old had told a 911 dispatcher he had two knives, a hammer and a rubber mallet when asked if he had any guns, according to call logs. Lawyers for his family said he was an amateur geologist and used a knife, hammer, and mallet in his hobby.

The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office said it terminated Buen and Gould’s employment following Wednesday’s indictment.

“The Sheriff reiterates his commitment to make any necessary changes to try to prevent a horrific situation like this from happening in the future, to build public confidence in the CCSO, and to continue to seek every opportunity for improvement,” one said Explanation.

In a June statement, the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office said that deputies took a call for “motorist assistance” around 11:20 p.m. on June 10.

They arrived and found a lone vehicle that appeared to be involved in an accident, sources said. Glass “instantly became argumentative and uncooperative with the deputies and armed himself with a knife,” the statement said.

“Other police officers have arrived and have been trying for over an hour to bring the situation to a peaceful resolution,” it said.

Deputies were able to smash windows of the vehicle and remove the knife, but “the suspect armed himself with a rock and a second knife,” the statement said. “MPs used less lethal beanbags and tasers with negative results. The suspect eventually tried to stab an officer and was shot dead.”

An autopsy revealed that he had died from gunshot wounds. It also showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.01% and THC in his system, as well as amphetamine, which the Denver-based law firm Rathod/Mohamedbhai, which represents his family, previously said was likely from a prescription to treat ADHD originates.

Rathod said that Glass was most likely in a mental health crisis when he first called 911.

Video previously provided by the Glass family’s attorneys appears to show an officer ordering Glass to get out of the car.

“Sir, I’m scared,” Glass replies. The officers tell him not to worry and that they are there to help.

More officers later arrive, and after about 67 minutes, Glass makes what appears to be a hearty gesture with his hands towards the officers. A female voice can be heard saying, “Same goes for you, but come out and talk to us.” Glass appears to be blowing kisses to the officers.

Shortly after, an officer announces that police will break into Glass’s SUV. The SUV’s passenger-side window is broken, and officers can be heard ordering Glass to drop the knife. He is shot with bean bags while officers shout at him to drop the knife.

Glass is then shot with a stun gun and begins screaming hysterically.

Later, knife in hand, Glass appears to be turning to an officer just before he is shot. He then appears to stab himself before dropping the knife. Rathod previously said Glass’ knife injuries were superficial.

Deputies had asked Glass to exit the vehicle at least three dozen times during the encounter, bodycam footage showed. They had also discussed whether Glass might have used drugs, sustained an injury during the collision, or had mental health issues.

Attorneys for Glass’s family said in a statement Wednesday that while his loved ones are “relieved that appropriate charges have been brought against some of those responsible” for their son’s death, “nothing will bring Christian back to his family.”

“Christian’s death blemishes every officer present who failed to prevent the escalation and unnecessary use of force,” they said.

Both Buen and Gould are expected to appear in court in mid-December, McCollum’s office said.