A lawyer for one of there are two guards charged with shooting a 22-year-old man stranded on a road in a small mountain town with a “mental health problem” last year was trying to bring charges against him.
Attorney Christopher T. Brousseau, representing Clear Creek County Sheriff Sgt. Kyle Gould, told the judge in court on Monday that there is no reason to charge Gould with a crime. He said Gould was not among the officers who responded to help Christian Glass when his car got stuck in the first town of Silver Plume in June.
Brousseau said Gould only gave advice to another agency accused of shooting Glass, Andrew Buen, based on information provided to him. Gould was off duty and at home at the time, Brousseau said, echoing arguments he made in a motion to dismiss the charges filed last week.
Prosecutors did not respond to the argument during the trial in Idaho Springs. Judge Catherine Cheroutes said she would give the district attorney’s office until February 14 to respond to Brousseau’s arguments in writing.
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Gould was sued for reckless endangerment and criminally negligent homicide in Glass’s death, which drew national attention and prompted calls for police reform to focus on crime prevention.
Glass, who called the police to help get rid of his Honda Pilot, appeared to be “intimidated” and received a “mental retardation“according to the indictment. After authorities broke a window of his car, Glass raised a knife in “a state of complete panic and self-defense,” and opened fire. Buen punched Glass five times, according to the indictment.
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Gould gave permission for officers to break the car window as a last resort, but he didn’t see a series of events before the shooting, including Glass holding a knife and another officer standing too close to Glass, Brousseau said in last week’s file.