Two Colorado sheriff’s deputies indicted after roadside death of Christian Glass | Colorado

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.

Indictments of former Clear Creek County sheriffs Andrew Bowen and Kyle Gould were reinstated Wednesday, five months after law enforcement killed Christian Glass. The case has become a flashpoint amid a national outcry over 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 court records that did not provide further details.

The records do not list a lawyer for either of the two deputies. A phone message left at a number believed to be Bowen’s was not immediately returned. Could not find phone list for Gould.

A federal judge has issued arrest warrants for Bowen and Gould, who face $50,000 and $2,500 bonds, respectively, according to a news release from Fifth Judicial District Attorney Heidi McCollum, who bolstered the grand jury.

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Christian Glass, right, seated with his father, Simon Glass, in Colorado in March 2021. Photo: Sally Glass/AP

Both officers were terminated in the wake of the indictments, Nicole Lentz, a spokesman for the Clear Creek County Sheriff, said in a statement.

The sheriff’s office’s ongoing internal investigation has found “failures in policies and procedures,” Lintz said, adding that the office’s initial news release after the shooting “does not reflect the totality of what happened that terrible night.”

Late on June 10, Glass called the police because his car was 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.

The officers spoke to him, trying to convince him to leave the car. After more than an hour of negotiation, police said Glass was not cooperating and they broke the passenger window and removed a knife from the car.

Glass offered to throw two knives out the window but the video shows the officers ordering him not to.

Once the window was shattered, Glass appeared to panic and grabbed another knife. The police then shot Glass with bean bag bullets and shocked him with a stun gun. The footage shows Glass twisting in his seat and pointing a knife at an officer who approaches through the driver’s rear window. Another officer then fired his rifle, hitting the glass six times, according to the autopsy report.

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

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