The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office received a “motorcycle assist” call at 11:21 p.m. on June 10, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. Responding deputies located a car with the driver believed to have been involved in the accident.
“The driver and sole occupant, an adult white male, immediately became argumentative and uncooperative with Deputies and armed himself with a knife,” the sheriff’s office news release states.
“Additional law enforcement officers arrived and spent over an hour trying to resolve the situation peacefully. Deputies were able to break the car’s windows and remove a knife. The suspect re-armed himself with a rock and a second knife.”
Christian Glass, of Boulder, Colorado, was involved in an accident on the side of the road, called 911 for help and was “completely encased in his vehicle and did not pose a threat,” according to his family.
At a press conference Tuesday, Glass’ parents said their son was not carrying a weapon, and that the knives were tools used to carve stones as art.
In audio of the 911 calls released by the family, Glass tells the dispatcher “I’ve got a gun on me. I’m going to throw 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 drop the weapons from the car and being told not to by a responding officer.
“He actually offered to throw his stone knives and his tools out the window so they wouldn’t worry. But they said no and he obeyed,” said Glass’ mother, Sally Glass.
CNN has reached out to the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office for additional information on the duty status of the officers and deputies involved. CNN has also requested an unedited copy of the body camera footage from the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office.
How the incident happened
In the video, responding deputies can be heard asking Glass to exit the vehicle several times.
A responding officer asks Glass if he had taken any drugs, to which Glass replies “I smoked, I’ve been…” before an officer distracts him by placing what the family’s attorneys said were cracks behind his car, in the video. the shows
An autopsy report released by attorneys for the Glass family indicated that Glass had THC and amphetamines in his system.
Deputies were able to break the car’s windows and remove one of the knives, but Glass rearmed himself with a rock and a second knife, according to the sheriff’s office. In the video, deputies can be heard repeatedly asking Glass to drop the knife.
Deputies deployed beans and a Taser with “negative results” before Glass “ultimately 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 is seen twisting and then apparently throwing a knife at an officer before police fire multiple shots. The video shows Glass apparently stabbing himself.
The body camera video released by the family’s attorneys has been edited to blur Glass’ body.
“The only thing we’ve edited out of the videos is after Christian gets out of the car. We fade out the screen where his body is on the ground and he’s giving medical treatment to his body. A naked body in the world,” said lawyer Siddhartha Rathod.
The family says Glass suffered a mental health episode
Glass — who was shot in the early morning hours of June 11, more than an hour after police first arrived — has been pronounced dead, a sheriff’s office news release said. The autopsy report showed that Glass’ wounds were fatal and included five gunshot wounds to the torso and one to the right arm.
Meanwhile, Glass’s family and lawyers said he was having a mental health episode.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation into the incident, and the deputy who fired his weapon and killed Glass has been placed on administrative leave, according to the sheriff’s office.
“This incident remains under investigation. Following the initial presentation of the case to the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, CBI Investigative Agents are continuing to provide additional follow-up to allow the DA’s Office to conduct a full evaluation of the facts surrounding the incident,” the Colorado Bureau of Investigation told CNN in a statement.
In a release Tuesday, the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said it has been in contact with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI’s Denver Division about the case.
“We are working diligently to thoroughly review the evidence in this case,” said 5th Judicial District Attorney Heidi McCollum. “When a peace officer shoots and injures or kills a person in Colorado, there are specific protocols for investigating and reviewing such matters.”
The office is ordered to release a report or present the case to a grand jury “to investigate or determine whether charges should be issued,” McCollum said.
“I will release my decision on the action this office will take as soon as the review process and full and thorough investigation is complete,” McCollum said. “While we understand that public sentiment wants this process to move at a faster pace, it is not in the interest of justice and fairness to the victim’s family to bring this matter to a close.”