Two Clear Creek County sheriff’s deputies have been charged with murder because they shot and killed a man who had called for help on a mountain road.
Christian Glass, from Boulder, Colorado, died in June after Deputy Andrew Buen shot him five times from the left front passenger window. He is accused of second-degree murder, official misconduct, and putting people in danger without thinking.
The District Attorney’s office says that Sgt. Kyle Gould, who also went to the scene and turned off his body camera after Glass was killed, was charged with criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment. The judge has put a seal on the court papers. The court gave Buen a $50,000 bond and Gould a $2,500 bond. It wasn’t clear if they had already put up those bonds. Both of them lost their jobs on Wednesday.
According to a statement released by the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office in response to the dismissal of the two deputies, “the shooting death of Christian Glass continues to be a devastating event for Christian’s family, friends, the Clear Creek County community, and the Sheriff’s Office.” Glass was found dead after being shot. “The decision to indict Mr Andrew Buen and Mr Kyle Gould, which was made today, after months of laborious investigation by a team of devoted investigators and careful consideration by members of our community who have been empanelled to serve on a Grand Jury,” said the prosecutor.
Albers stated that he had contacted the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to request assistance in conducting an internal inquiry about what had occurred and Clear Creek’s policies and procedures. The initial news release about the shooting, based on the information available at the time of the incident, does not reflect the entirety of what occurred on that terrible night, according to the statement.
“While an internal investigation is still underway and continues, preliminary findings show there were policy and procedural failures,” the report said. “While an internal investigation is still ongoing and continues.” In the initial account of the events made public in June by the sheriff’s deputies, it was stated that Glass attempted to stab the deputies. However, the body camera footage made public by the attorneys for his family shows that Glass never tried to get out of his car.
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In October, Clear Creek County District Attorney Heidi McCollum presented the case to a county grand jury for further investigation. The situation has captured people’s attention worldwide, and Governor Jared Polis has voiced his disapproval of it. Glass held citizenship in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States in addition to his other countries.
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In June 2016, Glass’s vehicle became mired on a muddy road in Clear Creek County, and he immediately dialed 911 for assistance. After a lengthy, tense, confusing, and chaotic confrontation with Clear Creek deputies and several other agencies, Buen opened fire and killed the 22-year-old. At the same time, the suspect was imprisoned inside his vehicle. Buen did this while the suspect was inside his car.
“You’re going to send someone. You were able to trace my location, right? My automobile is currently wedged underneath a shrub. “Glass reported this information to a 911 operator. “I love you. You are the light in my life right now. I’m trembling so badly inside. I am genuinely sorry.
Glass, who lived in Boulder County and fancied himself an amateur geologist, had recently returned from a vacation to Utah and packed a few knives and a hammer in the trunk of his car. Glass reported the presence of silverware in the vehicle to both the 911 operator and the responding cops as soon as they arrived on the site.
While on the phone with the dispatcher, Glass offered to toss them outside once the police came. When the authorities eventually arrived, he showed them his assistance once more.
Even though the deputies stated they did not want him to throw the firearms out of the car, they insisted that he exit the vehicle immediately. Glass told the officers that he didn’t feel safe getting out of the car while he had his hands up in the air. He grabbed the keys out of the ignition and placed them on the dashboard before telling the other passengers that he was afraid and wanted to remain in the vehicle.
The Glass was never under investigation for any alleged wrongdoing. The Glass family claims that when police officers called their kid in June, their son was in the midst of an acute mental health episode. Glass pleaded with the officers, “Please force me out, drag me out, and I’ll follow you to a police station,” as he was being removed from the building. “I’m so afraid.”
The matter did not attract much attention until September when attorneys hired by the family released footage from body cameras to the media and stated they intended to launch a lawsuit against Clear Creek County eventually.
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