An accident, a call for help and a mental health crisis: How a Boulder man's 911 call ended with a deputy killing him

An accident, a call for help and a mental health crisis: How a Boulder man’s 911 call ended with a deputy killing him

SILVER PLUME — Christian Glass called 911 for help after crashing his car into an embankment in Silver Plume — he needed someone to get his car off the ground.

Instead, a responding Clear Creek County deputy shot and killed Glass in the early hours of June 11 as the 22-year-old went through a mental health crisis. For an hour and nine minutes, seven officers from various agencies tried to get Glass out of the car.

Eventually, they decided to break the window and physically pull him out, despite not being suspected of a crime. In the ensuing chaos, Glass grabbed a knife and Tased officers shot him with beanbags in an attempt to force him to drop it. Instead, Glass twisted in the driver’s seat and pushed him towards an officer standing next to the shattered window behind him, prompting the deputy to shoot him.



Lawyers for Glass’s family released hours of body camera footage depicting the shooting on Tuesday and said officers should never have escalated the situation to the point where lethal force was being considered.

“There was no need to forcefully threaten him; curry favors; smash his car window; shoot poof balls at close range; taste him; shoot him,” the Rathod law firm said. Mohamedbhai in a press release. “From start to finish, the officers on site acted in an unreasonable and inhumane manner.”



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