Christian Glass: Clear Creek County deputies failed to de-escalate in shooting

20 Oct 2022 21:21 #1 by Mountain-News-Events

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Clear Creek County deputies needlessly rushed, failed to de-escalate in shooting of Boulder man who called for help, experts say
Sheriff’s Office lists de-escalation techniques — many of which were not followed in the arrest of Christian Glass
By Elise Schmelzer | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | The Denver Post
PUBLISHED: September 20, 2022

Officers and deputies in Clear Creek County failed to de-escalate an interaction with a 22-year-old Boulder man who called for help after crashing his car and they needlessly rushed the incident that ended with a deputy fatally shooting the driver as he sat in his car, experts in mental health and police tactics told The Denver Post.

The law enforcement officers made mistakes and missed opportunities to create a better outcome at nearly every stage of their deadly encounter with Christian Glass, according to experts who reviewed video footage of the June incident.

The first Clear Creek County sheriff’s deputies on scene acted with needless aggression, the group failed to pursue alternative communication options when they couldn’t get Glass to step out of his car, and they created a violent encounter when they broke one of the car’s windows while failing to maintain a safe distance, they said.



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06 Nov 2022 11:32 #2 by Mountain-News-Events
Christian Glass case heads to a grand jury
By Alejandro A. Alonso Galva and Allison Sherry, CPR · Oct. 26, 2022

The investigation into the sheriff's deputy shooting death of a 22-year-old Boulder man earlier this year will be sent to a county grand jury, the lead prosecutor in Clear Creek County announced Wednesday.

“When a peace officer shoots and wounds or kills another in Colorado, there are specific protocols to investigate and review such matters,” said Heidi McCollum, the Clear Creek County District Attorney. “It is imperative that we reach the right decision and not rush into judgment — in fairness to the family of the victim, and those involved with and impacted by Christian’s death.”

The jury was selected Tuesday and will meet multiple times in November. Glass was killed in June. In these last few months, McCollum has said she was waiting on investigatory documents from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.


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23 Nov 2022 21:48 - 23 Nov 2022 21:52 #3 by Mountain-News-Events
Statement From the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office
November 23, 2022

Termination of Deputies following criminal indictment

The shooting death of Christian Glass continues to be a devastating event for Christian's family, friends, the Clear Creek County community, and the Sheriff's Office (CCSO). Today's decision by a Grand Jury to indict Mr. Andrew Buen and Mr. Kyle Gould, follows months of a painstaking investigation by a team of dedicated investigators and careful consideration by members of our community empaneled to serve on a Grand Jury.

The indictment is part of a painful but necessary process. From the beginning, CCSO pledged full cooperation with the criminal investigation. This is an ongoing commitment, continuing with the next phase of the criminal justice process.

While the criminal investigation was taking place, Sheriff Rick Albers requested, and Douglas County Sheriff's Office accepted the offer to conduct an internal investigation to ensure transparency and accountability. While the investigation is still underway, preliminary findings show there were policy and procedural failures, and the initial news release about the shooting, based on the information available at the time of the incident, does not reflect the entirety of what happened on that terrible night. The internal investigation will continue.

As a result of today's indictment, the Sheriff terminated the employment of Mr. Andrew Buen and Mr. Kyle Gould with the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff reaffirms his commitment to make any necessary changes to try and prevent a terrible situation like this from happening in the future, increase public trust in the CCSO, and continue to look for every opportunity to improve.

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Edit to add:
Clear Creek County deputies involved in fatal shooting are indicted, fired after grand jury investigation
Christian Glass, 22, was fatally shot through the windshield of his car after he ran off the road near Silver Plume and called 911 for help.
Jennifer Brown 9:33 PM MST on Nov 23, 2022

The terminations of officers Andrew Buen and Kyle Gould came the same day they were indicted by a grand jury in what the sheriff’s office called a “painful but necessary process.” 

Buen was indicted on charges of second-degree murder, official misconduct and reckless endangerment. Gould was indicted on charges of criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment.

Christian Glass was shot to death inside his car June 11 after he became stranded in the small mountain town of Silver Plume and called for roadside assistance. Officers broke out his window, shot him six times with bean bag rounds, used a Taser multiple times and then shot him five times, according to his family’s attorney.


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