Officers in CU machete case honored
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.”