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Christian Glass: Colorado cops charged with murder after shooting man who called 911

Two Colorado police officers have been charged and discharged for the murder of a 22-year-old man armed with a knife who called 911 for roadside assistance.

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

As reported by CNN, Mr. Buen was charged with second-degree murder, misconduct and reckless endangerment, while Mr. Gould was charged with criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment.

The charges against the former Colorado law enforcement officers stem from the June 11 murder of a 22-year-old man 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 an autopsy report later revealed that the injuries he sustained included five gunshot wounds to his torso and one to his right arm.

While the sheriff’s office first stated that Glass “immediately became argumentative and uncooperative with deputies and armed himself with a knife” when they went to respond to a 11:21 p.m. “driver assistance” call for a car accident, 22- the old man’s family pushed back this characterization.

The Glass family released both a recording of the 911 call Glass sent and body camera footage of officers’ reaction to the scene, and provided 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 tells the dispatcher, “I have a gun on me. I’ll throw them out the window as soon as the officer gets here,” before going on to explain how he’s also in possession of two knives, a mallet, and a rubber mallet.

Body camera footage worn by Colorado officers shows a law enforcement interaction with 22-year-old Christian Glass in June, during which his family believes he was suffering from a mental health episode

(Glass family lawyers / video screenshot)

The body camera footage, which was assembled by the Glass family to blur the 22-year-old’s body during the attack, also includes a section where Glass can be heard offering officers to throw their guns outside the car, asking them to tell him not to.

“The only thing we edited from the videos was after taking Christian out of the car. We blur out the screen where his body is on the ground and his body is being healed. We felt it was not appropriate to show Christian’s naked body to the world,” attorney Siddhartha Rathod told CNN.

The footage shows one of the responding officers asking Glass if he had been ingesting any illegal substances, to which he replies that he was “smoking” something before getting distracted and not returning to his previous thought.

It was later revealed in an autopsy report issued by lawyers for the Glass family that he had both THC and amphetamines in his system.

The video then shows officers smashing car windows and removing one of the knives that Glass allegedly had in his possession, but then the 22-year-old re-armed himself with a stone and a second knife, the sheriff’s report said.

The officers in the video repeatedly asked the young man to drop his gun, and bean bags and stun guns were reportedly used to disarm him, with “negative results” according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office says Glass at one point tried to “stab” an officer with a second knife.

Video footage then shows one of the officers firing a taser at Glass before he can be seen squirming, and then appears to throw a knife at the officer before they start shooting in his direction.

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

In a statement from the Glass family, who said in September they believed their son was suffering from an episode of mental health, they expressed regret that “nothing would bring Christian back to his family” but were nevertheless relieved by the allegations .

“Justice for Christians will require everyone involved to be held accountable. Christian’s death is a stain on every officer who was present and failed to prevent the escalation and unnecessary use of force.”

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 listed as being held in custody at the Gilpin County Detention Facility, according to online records, and both were immediately fired from their positions at the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office following the indictment.

“While the investigation is still ongoing, preliminary findings indicate that political and procedural errors occurred, and the initial information about the shooting, based on information available at the time of the incident, does not reflect the entirety of what happened on that terrible night,” the office said in a statement. Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office, noting that the indictment was “part of a painful but necessary process.”


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