Two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Colorado man who called 911 for help after his SUV got stuck this summer has been indicted by a county grand jury and fired, officials said.
A grand jury on Wednesday delivered an indictment against Clear Creek County Sheriff’s deputies Andrew Buen and Kyle Gould, Fifth Judicial District Attorney Heidi McCollum’s office said in a news release.
Buen is charged with second-degree murder, official misconduct and reckless endangerment, while Gould is charged with criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment in the fatal shooting of Christian Glass, 22, of Boulder, he said.
Bond was set at $50,000 for Buen and $2,500 for Gould. There appeared to be no attorney listed for either. NBC News reached out to a LinkedIn account that appeared to belong to Gould for comment but did not immediately receive a response. Buen’s contact details could not be found.
The indictment comes nearly six months after Glass was fatally shot by a Clear Creek County sheriff’s deputy on June 11 in Silver Plume, according to his family’s attorney and the sheriff’s office.
Glass appeared to be holding a knife when he shot him five times after refusing to get out of his Honda Pilot for nearly 70 minutes, according to body camera footage and an autopsy report provided by his family’s lawyer.
The 22 year old was said a 911 dispatcher he had two knives, a hammer and a rubber mallet when asked if he had any weapons, according to call records. Lawyers for his family said he was an amateur geologist and used the knives, hammer and mallet for his hobby.
The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office said, after Wednesday’s indictment, that it terminated the employment of both Buen and Gould.
“The Sheriff reiterates his commitment to making any necessary changes to try to prevent a terrible situation like this in the future, to increase public confidence in the Central Statistics Office, and to continue to look for every opportunity for the better,” he said in a statement.
In a June statement, the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office said deputies received a “motor assist” call around 11:20 p.m. on June 10.
They arrived and found one vehicle, which appeared to have been involved in an accident, he said. Glass “became argumentative and immediately uncooperative with deputies and armed himself with a knife,” the statement said.
“Additional law enforcement officers arrived and for over an hour attempted to resolve the situation peacefully,” he said.
Deputies were able to break the windows of the vehicle and remove the knife, but “the suspect re-armed himself with a rock and a second knife,” the statement said. “Deputies deployed less lethal bean bags, and a Taser with negative results. The suspect eventually tried to stab an officer and was shot.”
An autopsy determined he died of gunshot wounds. He also showed a blood alcohol level of .01% and THC in his system, as well as amphetamines, which Denver-based law firm Rathod/Mohamedbhai, which previously represents his family, said was likely from a prescription to treat ADHD he came.
Rathod said Glass was likely having a mental breakdown when he made the first 911 call.
Video previously provided by lawyers for the Glass family appears to show an officer ordering Glass out of the car.
“Sir, I’m scared,” Glass said. The officers tell him that he need not be afraid and that they are there to help.
More officers come out later and after about 67 minutes, Glass makes what appears to be a heart sign with his hands towards officers. A female voice is heard saying, “Back to yourself, but come out and talk to us.” Kissing glass seems to blow towards the officers.
Shortly after, an officer announces that the police will break into Glass’s SUV. The front passenger side window of the SUV is broken, and officers can be heard ordering Glass to drop the knife. He is shot with beanbags as officers shout at him to drop the knife.
Glass is then shot with a stun gun and starts screaming hysterically.
Later, knife in hand, Glass appears to turn toward an officer shortly before being shot. He then appears to stab himself before dropping the knife. Rathod previously said Glass’ knife injuries were excessive.
Deputies asked Glass to exit the vehicle at least three dozen times during the encounter, the body camera footage showed. They also discussed whether Glass may have been using drugs, was injured during the collision or had mental health issues.
Attorneys for the Glass family said in a statement Wednesday that while their relatives are “relieved that appropriate charges have been brought against some of those responsible” for their son’s death, “nothing will bring Christian back to his family.”
“Christian’s death is a stain on all officers who were present and failed to prevent escalation and unnecessary uses of force,” they said.
Buen and Gould are expected to appear in court in mid-December, McCollum’s office said.