DougCo continues investigation of fatal Clear Creek deputy shooting

Heather Willard
Still image taken from body camera footage of Clear Creek County deputies firing live rounds into Glass's vehicle.Photo by(Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC)

Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver / Nov. 28, 2022

(Clear Creek County, Colo.) Two Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office deputies were fired after they were indicted for murder, negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, and official misconduct stemming from a call in June that led to law enforcement shooting and killing Christian Glass, 22, in June.

The deputies’ employment was terminated on Nov. 23 after a grand jury returned charges for Andrew Buen, 29, and Kyle Gould, 36.

The Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office called the indictment “part of a painful but necessary process.”

“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,” the office said in a release.

According to reports and body camera footage released by lawyers hired by Glass’s parents, Glass called 911 for help after he lodged his car on a dirt road near Silver Plume after dark on June 11.

He informed dispatchers he had knives and a hammer in his car for work as an amateur geologist and offered to throw the weapons out of the car when deputies arrived on the scene. In the body camera footage released from the night, the officials instead demanded he exit the vehicle.

Glass can be heard stating that the communications aren’t clear, that he wanted help to extricate his vehicle and would follow enforcement to a station, blew kisses, and put his hands in a heart sign to show his intentions. Glass’s parents' lawyer, Siddhartha Rathod, said the videos show Glass was scared and in crisis.

After almost an hour-and-a-half standoff, with an increasing number of law enforcement officers on scene from the Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Division of Gaming and the Clear Creek, Idaho Springs and Georgetown police departments, officers became increasingly hostile to Glass, who appeared to remain communicative and inside his vehicle.

“Christian had committed no crime,” Rathod said. “There was no reason to continue the contact, and if the officers were afraid of a person holding a legal knife in a car with the windows fully up, they should have done what every police expert tells them to do: seek cover, distance and time.”

“You don’t stand right next to the threat, but they did, which just demonstrates that there really wasn’t a threat.”

At one point, an officer stood on the vehicle's hood and pointed a flashlight and his gun at Glass. Officers allege that Glass picked up a knife inside his vehicle, and officers began shooting bean bags into the vehicle, eventually deploying a taser into the broken driver’s side window. Glass can be heard screaming. Officers yell at him to drop the knife. Several live rounds were then fired into the vehicle, killing Glass.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is conducting an internal investigation to “ensure transparency and accountability” of the Clear Creek office.

“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,” Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office said in its release. “The internal investigation will continue.”

According to court records, Buen is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree official misconduct, and reckless endangerment. The court issued a $50,000 bond, which was posted and Buen was released.

Gould is charged with negligent homicide and reckless endangerment. The court issued a $2,500 bond, which was posted and Gould was released.

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