• Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

Colorado police officers charged with murder after shooting at man who called 911

ByKarla E. Kowalski

Nov 24, 2022

Christian Glass, right, sits with his father Simon Glass in Colorado (AP)

Christian Glass, right, sits with his father Simon Glass in Colorado (AP)

Two Colorado police officers have been charged and fired in the murder of a 22-year-old man who was armed with a knife and called 911.

Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Buen, 29, and Kyle Gould, 36, were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday in connection with the murder of 22-year-old Christian Glass, according to Fifth Circuit Prosecutor Heidi McCollum , announced.

Mr Buen was charged with second-degree murder, misconduct and reckless endangerment, while Mr Gould was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment, according to online court filings, CNN reported.

The charges against the former Colorado law enforcement officers stemmed from a June 11 killing of the 22-year-old, who was shot more than an hour after the first officer arrived at the scene.

The sheriff’s office announced that Glass was pronounced dead at the scene, while the autopsy report later revealed the injuries he succumbed to included five gunshot wounds to the torso and one to his right arm.

While the sheriff’s office first said Glass “immediately became argumentative and uncooperative with the deputies and armed himself with a knife” when they responded to a driver’s assistance call at 11:21 p.m. about a car accident, the 22-year-old said The old man’s family pushed back on this characterization.

The Glass family released both the recording of the 911 call Glass made and body camera footage of officers’ response to the scene, providing a different account of the events leading up to the 22-year-old’s fatal shooting.

In the audio recording of the 911 call, Glass can be heard telling the dispatcher, “I have a gun on me. I’ll throw them out the window as soon as an officer gets here,” before further explaining that he’s also in possession of two knives, a hammer, and a rubber mallet.

Body camera footage carried by Colorado officers shows law enforcement interaction with Christian Glass, 22, in June, during which his family believes he was suffering from a mental health episode (Glass family attorneys / video screengrab).

Body camera footage carried by Colorado officers shows law enforcement interaction with Christian Glass, 22, in June, during which his family believes he was suffering from a mental health episode (Glass family attorneys / video screengrab).

The body camera footage, which was edited by the Glass family to blur the 22-year-old’s body during the attack, also includes a segment where Glass can be heard offering officers to throw the guns from the car , a request she told him not to do.

“The only thing we edited from the videos is after Christian was removed from the car. We blur the screen where his body is lying on the ground and his body is being medicated. We didn’t think it was appropriate to show Christian’s naked body to the world,” attorney Siddhartha Rathod said, according to CNN.

Footage shows one of the responding officers asking Glass if he’s used any illegal substance, to which he replies that he “smoked” something, before becoming distracted and not coming back to that previous thought.

It was later revealed through the autopsy report released by Glass family lawyers that he had both THC and amphetamine in his system.

Footage then shows officers breaking through the car’s windows and removing one of the knives Glass allegedly had in his possession, but then the 22-year-old armed himself with a rock and the second knife again. said the sheriff’s report.

In the video, officers repeatedly told the young man to drop his guns, and beanbags and tasers were reportedly used to disarm him, leading to “negative results,” according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office alleges Glass once attempted to “stab” an officer with the second knife.

Video footage then shows one of the officers firing a stun gun at Glass before squirming and then appearing to throw the knife at an officer before they fire multiple shots in his direction.

A section of the video also appears to show Glass stabbing himself, but that section is blurred out by the family.

In a September statement from the Glass family, who said they believe their son was suffering from a mental health episode, expressed sadness that “nothing will bring Christian back to his family,” but were nonetheless relieved at the charge.

“Justice for Christians requires that all involved be held accountable. Christian’s death is an eyesore to every officer who was present and failed to prevent the escalation and unnecessary use of force,” the statement said.

Bail was set at $50,000 for Mr. Buen and $2,500 for Mr. Gould, and neither officer had an attorney on the case. Both men were being held in custody at the Gilpin County Detention Center, according to online records, and both were immediately fired from their positions with the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office after the charges were filed.

“While the investigation is ongoing, preliminary findings indicate that there were policy and procedural flaws, and the initial press release regarding the shooting, based on information available at the time of the incident, does not reflect the entirety of what was at this horrific happened last night,” the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement, noting that the charges were “part of a painful but necessary process.”

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