DA rules police officers justified in fatal shooting
The actions of two officers who fatally shot a 19year-old Fort Collins man who charged them with a knife were found to be justified by Eighth Judicial District Attorney Clifford Riedel.
On July 1, a family member of Jeremy Holmes called police at 8:13 p.m., saying the teen had just left the relative’s home armed with a knife and was heading to Colorado State University’s Aggie Village Apartments intending to kill his brother and sisterin-law, according to a letter by Riedel.
The relative told police that Holmes, who has a history of mental illness, said he planned to charge at police, forcing them to shoot him, according to the letter.
A Colorado State University police officer went to check on the brother and sister-in-law, while fellow CSU police officer Phil Morris took up surveillance. Around 8:38 p.m., Morris saw Holmes walking toward the apartments while carrying a bayonet knife.
As he neared the car, Holmes unsheathed his knife and brandished it toward the officer. Morris drew his gun and 36 times told Holmes to drop the knife, according to the letter. Holmes advanced, saying variations of “Kill me now” and “My life is over.”
Officers shot Holmes six times after he charged at them with the knife.