22-year-old killed by Colorado deputy acted in self-defense, committed no crime, grand jury finds

Elise Schmelzer
The Denver Post
Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post
People hold picture of Christian Glass during candle vagil at Citizen’s Park in Idaho Springs, Colorado on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. A Clear Creek County deputy shot and killed 22-year-old Christian Glass on June 11 after Glass called 911 for help after crashing his car into a berm.
Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post

The 22-year-old Boulder man killed by a Clear Creek County sheriff’s deputy in June had committed no crime and acted in self-defense before the deputy shot him while he sat in his car, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Monday.

Deputy Andrew Buen faces charges of second-degree murder, official misconduct and reckless endangerment for shooting Glass. Sgt. Kyle Gould faces charges of criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment for deciding to pull Glass from his vehicle.

Buen shot and killed Glass on June 11 after Glass crashed his car in Silver Plume and called 911 for help. Glass, who was experiencing delusions and paranoia, at first communicated with officers while sitting in the front seat of his car but later stopped responding.

After about an hour, Gould authorized the seven officers on the scene to forcibly remove Glass from the car.

“At that point, no one on the scene had made a determination that there was probable cause or reasonable suspicion that a crime had been committed or was being committed,” the indictment states.

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