Of­fi­cers in CU ma­chete case hon­ored

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Mitchell Byars

BOUL­DER» The Univer­sity of Colorado Po­lice Depart­ment has hon­ored sev­eral of­fi­cers and dis­patch­ers who were in­volved in the fa­tal shoot­ing of a ma­chetewield­ing man on the Boul­der cam­pus last year.

The CU Po­lice Depart­ment held its an­nual awards cer­e­mony last week, and many of the hon­orees were work­ing Oct. 5, the day CU po­lice Of­fi­cer Clay Austin and Boul­der po­lice Of­fi­cer Ja­son Con­nor shot and killed 28-year-old Bran­don Sim­mons in CU’s sportsmedicine com­plex af­ter Sim­mons re­port­edly threat­ened peo­ple with a sword-type blade.

Both of­fi­cers were cleared in the shoot­ing.

Austin was hon­ored with the medal of valor by CU po­lice.

“That morn­ing, an ac­tive harmer en­tered the Cham­pi­ons Cen­ter and be­gan threat­en­ing peo­ple with a ma­chete,” CU po­lice said in a news re­lease. “Austin and a Boul­der po­lice of­fi­cer en­coun­tered the man, who re­fused to com­ply with their com­mands to drop the weapon. When the ac­tive harmer ad­vanced on the of­fi­cers, the two of­fi­cers fa­tally shot the sus­pect and pre­vented harm to oth­ers.”

CU po­lice Cpl. Ian Locko, who was the sec­ond of­fi­cer to ar­rive on scene, was given the Dis­tin­guished Star.

“Locko part­nered with a Boul­der po­lice of­fi­cer to be­gin con­duct­ing a search for the sus­pect in­side the build­ing,” CU po­lice said. “Locko re­ceived the Dis­tin­guished Star due to his ef­forts that morn­ing to keep the oc­cu­pants of the build­ing safe.”

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