Tuesday, 06 Dec 2022

Two Colorado sheriffs deputies indicted after roadside death of Christian Glass

Two Colorado sheriffs deputies indicted after roadside death of Christian Glass


Two Colorado sheriffs deputies indicted after roadside death of Christian Glass

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 the former Clear Creek county sheriff's deputies Andrew Buen and Kyle Gould were returned on Wednesday, five months after law enforcement killed Christian Glass. The case has become a flashpoint amid a national outcry for police reforms focused on crisis intervention and de-escalation.

Charges against the two deputies include second-degree murder, official misconduct, and criminally negligent homicide, according to the court records, which did not provide further details.

The records did not list a lawyer for either deputy. A telephone message left at a number believed to be Buen's was not immediately returned. No telephone listing could be found for Gould.

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

Nichole Lentz, spokesperson for the Clear Creek county sheriff, said in a statement that both officers had been terminated following the indictments.

The sheriff office's continuing internal investigation found "policy and procedural failures", Lentz said, adding that the office's initial news release following the shooting "does not reflect the entirety of what happened on that terrible night".

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