DENVER, AP — A grand jury has indicted two Colorado sheriff’s deputies in the death of a 22-year-old man who was shot after calling 911 for roadside assistance while experiencing what his mother described. as a mental health crisis, according to online court records.
The indictments of former Clear Creek County sheriff’s deputies Andrew Buen and Kyle Gould were dropped on Wednesday, five months after Christian Glass was killed by law enforcement. The case has become a flashpoint amid a national outcry for police reforms focused on crisis intervention and de-escalation.
Charges against the two MPs include second-degree murder, official misconduct and criminally negligent homicide, according to court records, which did not provide further details.
The files did not mention a lawyer for either of the deputies. A phone message left at a number believed to be Buen’s was not immediately returned. No phone listings could be found for Gould.
A federal judge has issued warrants for Buen and Gould, who face bonds of $50,000 and $2,500 respectively, according to a press release from Fifth Judicial District Attorney Heidi McCollum, who assembled the grand jury.
Nichole Lentz, spokeswoman for the Clear Creek County Sheriff, said in a statement that both officers were fired as a result of the indictments.
The sheriff’s office’s ongoing internal investigation has revealed “policy and procedural flaws,” Lentz said, adding that the office’s initial press release after the shooting “does not reflect the entirety of what happened.” on that terrible night.
Late on June 10, Glass called the police because his car had become stuck on an embankment. Body camera footage shows Glass refusing to get out of his car while telling police he is “terrified” and making heart shapes with his hands to officers.
Officers spoke to him to try to persuade him to leave the car. After more than an hour of negotiations, police said Glass was uncooperative, and they smashed the passenger window and pulled a knife from the vehicle.
Glass offered to throw two knives out the window, but the video shows officers telling him not to.
After the window was smashed, Glass appeared to panic and grabbed a second knife. Police then shot Glass with beanbags and shocked him with a stun gun. The footage shows Glass writhing in his seat and pushing a knife towards an officer who approaches the rear driver’s window. Then another officer fired his gun, hitting Glass six times, according to the autopsy report.
At a press conference in September, Glass’ mother Sally Glass said her son suffered from depression, had recently been diagnosed with ADHD and “had a mental health episode” and was “petrified” at night. where he was killed.
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