DA rules po­lice of­fi­cers jus­ti­fied in fa­tal shoot­ing

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Danika Wor­thing­ton

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.

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