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Christian Glass death: Grand jury indicts Colorado sheriff’s deputies after shooting man dead

Civil rights suit following criminal proceedings in the death of Christian Glass

Civil rights suit following criminal proceedings in the death of Christian Glass


A grand jury has indicted two Colorado sheriff’s deputies Death of 22-year-old man shot after calling 911 for roadside assistance while he was experiencing what his mother described as a mental health crisis, according to online court filings.

The charges of former Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Deputies Andrew Buen and Kyle Gould were returned Wednesday, five months after Christian Glass was killed by law enforcement. The case has become a flashpoint amid a national outcry for police reforms that focus on crisis intervention and de-escalation.

The charges against the two MPs include second-degree murder, misconduct and involuntary manslaughter, according to court documents, which gave no further details.

The records did not list a lawyer for either MP. A phone message left on what was believed to be Buen’s number was not immediately answered. No phone list could be found for Gould.

“Today’s decision by a grand jury to indict Mr. Andrew Buen and Mr. Kyle Gould follows months of careful investigation by a team of dedicated investigators and due diligence by members of our community who have been appointed to a grand jury,” he said This was announced by the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office.

A federal judge issued warrants for Buen and Gould, who face bonds of $50,000 and $2,500, respectively, according to a press release from Heidi McCollum, the fifth circuit prosecutor who installed the grand jury.

Clear Creek County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Nichole Lentz said in a statement that both officers were fired following the charges.

The sheriff’s office’s ongoing internal investigation has found “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 that horrific night.”

Late on June 10, Glass called the police after his car got stuck on an embankment. Body camera videos show Glass refusing to get out of his car while telling police he is “terrified” and making heart shapes with his hands for officers.

Bodycam footage shows 22-year-old Christian Glass before one or more MPs shot him dead in Silver Plume on June 10, 2022.

Cleer Creak Sheriff’s Office

The officers talked to him to persuade him to get out of the car. After more than an hour of negotiations, police said Glass had not been cooperative and they smashed the passenger window and removed a knife from the vehicle.

Glass told 911 he had two knives, a hammer and a rubber mallet, CBS Colorado reported. His family’s lawyers say it’s because he was an amateur geologist.

Glass offered to throw two knives out the window, but video shows officers forbidding him to do so.

When the window shattered, Glass seemed to panic and reached for a second knife. Police then shot Glass with beanbags and shocked him with stun guns. Footage shows Glass spinning in his seat and poking a knife at an officer approaching the rear driver’s window. Then another officer fired his gun, hitting Glass six times, according to the autopsy report.

Glass’s parents released a statement about her lawyer Siddhartha Rathod: ‚ÄúNothing will bring Christian back to his family. Simon and Sally Glass are relieved that appropriate charges have been brought against some of those responsible for their son’s murder. Justice for Christian, however, will require everyone involved to be held accountable. Christian’s death blemishes every officer who was present and failed to prevent the escalation and unnecessary use of force.”

During a press conference in September, Glass’ mother Sally Glass said her son was suffering from depression, had been recently diagnosed with ADHD and was having “a mental health episode” and was “petrified” the night he was killed.

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