Christian Glass: 2 Colorado deputies fired and charged in fatal shooting of 22-year-old knife-wielding man who called 911 for help

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

A grand jury on Wednesday handed down an indictment against Clear Creek County Sheriff’s deputies Andrew Buen, 29, and Kyle Gould, 36, according to Fifth Judicial District Attorney Heidi McCollum’s office.

Buen is charged with 2nd 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 slaying of Glass, who was shot in the early morning hours 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 found Glass’ injuries were fatal and included five gunshot wounds to the torso and one to his right arm.

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

Glass’s family has disputed that characterization, saying in September that their son was not carrying a weapon and the knives were stone tools used to carve stone as a form of art.

Bond for Buen was set at $50,000 and for Gould was set at $2,500. No attorney has been listed for either, and both men are listed as being in custody at the Gilpin County Detention Facility, according to online records.

CNN is working to obtain copies of the indictments.

Following the indictment, both 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 “policy and procedural errors” were found in an ongoing internal investigation parallel to the criminal investigation.

“While the investigation is still ongoing, preliminary findings indicate that there were policy and procedural errors, and the initial press release about the shooting, based on the information available at the time of the incident, does not reflect the full extent of what happened at the terrible night,” the statement read.

A statement from Glass’s family attorneys said, “Nothing will bring Christian back to his family,” but noted they were relieved by the charges.

“Justice for Christian will, however, require that everyone involved be held accountable. Christian’s death is a stain on every officer who was present and failed to prevent escalation and the unnecessary use of force,” the statement said.

In the 911 call audio released by Glass’s family in September, he tells the dispatcher, “I’ve got a gun on me. I’m throwing them out the window as soon as an officer gets here” and goes on to describe having two knives, a hammer and a rubber mallet.

Body camera video of the incident released by the family shows Glass offering to throw the weapons out of the car and a responding officer telling him not to.

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

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

A responding officer asks Glass if he had taken drugs, to which Glass replies “I smoked, I’ve been…” before being distracted by an officer who placed what the family’s attorneys said were duct tape behind his car, shows the video.

The autopsy report released by attorneys for the Glass family stated that Glass had both THC and amphetamines in his system.

Deputies were able to break out the car’s windows and remove one of the knives, but Glass armed himself again with a rock and another knife, according to the sheriff’s office. In the video, deputies can be heard repeatedly asking Glass to drop the knife.

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

Body camera video shows law enforcement then shoot Glass with a stun gun before he can be seen turning and then apparently thrusting a knife at an officer before police fired multiple gunshots. The video then shows Glass apparently stabbing himself.

The body camera video released by lawyers for the family has been edited to obscure Glass’ body.

“The only thing we have edited from the videos is after Christian has been removed from the car. We fade to the screen where his body is on the ground and his body is receiving medical treatment. We felt it was not appropriate to have Christian’s naked body out there 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’ family and lawyers said he had a mental health episode.

“There was no reason to threaten him with force; to draw arms; smashing his car window; to launch beanbags at close range; to taste him; to shoot him dead. From start to finish, the officers at the scene acted callously and inhumanely,” said Glass’ parents and attorneys.

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