Christian Glass: Two Colorado deputies have been fired and charged with shooting a 22-year-old armed with a knife and calling 911 for help



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Two Colorado deputies have been indicted and fired following investigations into the police shooting of Christian Glass, a 22-year-old who was armed with a knife and called 911 for roadside assistance, in June, officials and family attorneys said.

A grand jury on Wednesday issued an indictment against Claire Creek County Sheriff’s deputies Andrew Bowen, 29, and Kyle Gould, 36, according to the office of 5th Judicial District Attorney Heidi McCollum.

Bowen has been charged with second-degree murder, official misconduct and reckless endangerment, while Gould is charged with criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment, according to online court records.

The charges stem from the murder of Glass, who was shot in the early morning of June 11 — more than an hour after police first arrived — and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office. The autopsy report showed that Glass’s injuries were fatal and included five gunshot wounds to the torso and one to the right arm.

The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office received a “driver assistance” call on June 10 at 11:21 p.m. for what appeared to be a car crash, the office said, but said its driver, Glass, “immediately became contentious, uncooperative and armed with deputies.” himself with a knife.

Glass’s family disputed that description, saying in September that their son did not carry weapons and that the knives were rock tools used in rock carving as an art form.

Bond for Buen was set at $50,000 and for Gold at $2,500. Neither has an attorney listed, and both men are listed in custody at the Gilpin County Detention Facility, according to online records.

CNN is working to obtain copies of the indictments.

Following the indictment, the two deputies were fired, according to a statement from the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office.

The statement called the indictment “part of a painful but necessary process,” and found “political and procedural errors” in an ongoing internal investigation parallel to the criminal investigation.

“While the investigation is still ongoing, initial findings show 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 totality of what happened in that terrible accident,” the statement said.

A statement from the Glass family’s attorney said, “Nothing will bring Christian back to his family,” but indicated that the charges had absolved them.

However, justice for Christians will require that all those involved be held accountable. The statement said Christian’s death was a disgrace to every officer who was present and failed to prevent escalation and unnecessary uses of force.

In a 911 call made by Glass’s family in September, he told the dispatcher, “I’ve got a gun on me. I’m going to throw them out the window as soon as the officer gets here,” and went on to describe having two knives, a hammer, and a rubber mallet.

Body camera video of the incident posted by the family shows Glass offering to throw the weapons from the car and being told not to do so by an officer.

“He actually offered to throw his stone knives and tools out the window so they wouldn’t worry. But they told him no and he obeyed,” Glass’s mother, Sally Glass, said at a news conference in September.

In the body camera video, responding deputies can be heard telling Glass to get out of the vehicle several times.

One of the responding officers asked Glass if he had taken any drugs, and Glass replied, “I smoked, I was…” before distracting the officer who placed what the family’s lawyers said were tape behind his car, as the video shows.

An autopsy report released by the Glass family attorney stated that Glass had both THC and amphetamines in his system.

The deputies managed to break the car’s windows and remove one of the knives, but Glass re-armed himself with a brick and a second knife, according to the sheriff’s office. In the video, deputies can be heard repeatedly asking Glass to drop the knife.

Deputies deployed bean bags and a taser with “negative results” before Glass “ultimately attempted to stab an officer,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Body camera video shows law enforcement then shooting Glass with a stun gun before he is seen contorting and then appearing to thrust a knife towards an officer before police fired several shots. The video then shows Glass apparently stabbing himself.

Body camera video released by the family’s attorneys was modified to blur Glass’s body.

“The only thing we edited from the videos is after Christian is removed from the car. We blur the screen where his body is on the ground and medical treatment is given to his body. We felt it was not appropriate to have Christian’s naked body in the world,” said lawyer Siddhartha Rathod.

CNN has requested an unedited copy of the body camera footage from the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office.

In a statement in September, Glass’s family and attorneys said he had been experiencing a mental health episode.

There was no need to threaten him with force. to draw guns for breaking his car window to fire beanbag rounds at close range; To harass him to shoot him dead. From start to finish, the officers on the scene were behaving unreasonably and inhumanely,” Glass’s parents and attorneys said.

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