GEORGETOWN, Colo. — Prosecutors have filed charges against six Clear Creek County police officers for failing to intervene to prevent the June 2022 shooting death of Christian Glass.
The charges come a day after former Clear Creek County Deputy Kyle Gould pleaded guilty to duty to intervene. Gould gave the order to break into Glass’ SUV, escalating the situation that led to the shooting. Former deputy Andrew Buen, who shot and killed Glass that night, is awaiting trial. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder, official misconduct and inadvertent endangerment.
>The video above is from November 2023.
Gould and Buen were indicted by a grand jury last November. As their cases went through court over the last year, Glass’s parents argued that other officers at the scene should be blamed for their own inaction.
This week, Georgetown Police Marshal Randy Williams was indicted on two misdemeanor counts: failure to intervene and third-degree assault.
Former Clear Creek County Deputy Tim Collins, Colorado Division of Gambling Investigators Mary Harris and Christa Lloyd, Idaho Springs Police Officer Brittany Morrow and Trooper Colorado State’s Ryan Bennie all faces one count of failure to intervene for their roles that night.
All charges are class 1 misdemeanors.
Collins and Buen were the first on scene to respond to Glass’ 911 call for help after Glass stuck his car on a rock in Silver Plume. They were joined by the other officers in attempting to negotiate with Glass to come out of his car for more than an hour.
Morrow then arrived on the scene. She spent several minutes calmly asking Glass to get out of the car and show officers the heart-shaped stone he was holding. At one point in Morrow’s body camera video, Glass can be seen forming a heart with his hands.
Williams arrived on stage after Morrow and spent the most time talking to Glass. He tried to get Glass out of the car by offering him something to eat or offering to make a phone call for him.
Harris, Lloyd and Bennie arrived next.
At the start of the call, Gould, who was acting as an absent supervisor at the scene, told Buen that the team had permission to break into the car. Glass had committed no crime.
Audio from the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) call revealed Bennie’s supervisor wondering why the team was about to force the window.
“If there’s no crime and he’s not suicidal or in serious danger, then there’s no reason to contact him,” the supervisor told Bennie over the radio.
Eventually, Buen smashed the SUV’s window, fired several beanbag rounds at Glass, shot him with a Taser and shot him five times in the chest, killing him. Williams, who had reached through a broken window to try to open Glass’s door, also deployed a Taser, according to an internal affairs report on the incident released last year.
Collins, who was standing on the hood of Glass’ SUV when the shooting occurred, resigned as a Clear Creek County deputy weeks after the shooting. Williams hired Collins in November to work as a code enforcement officer in Georgetown. He became a patrolman in April of this year. When Williams confirmed to 9NEWS that he had hired Collins, he said the department had received “indications” from the district attorney that no charges would be filed.
Failure to intervene is a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine. If a police officer pleads guilty or is convicted of the crime, his or her police certificate could be suspended or revoked.
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