DA Clears Longmont Officers in Fatal Shooting of Wanted Man
The Boulder County District Attorney’s Office has ruled Longmont police were justified in the fatal shooting of a wanted man outside a movie theater earlier this fall.
In a letter released by the DA’s Office, Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said that no charges would be filed against the two officers who shot and killed Gillie Thurby III, 28.
“I conclude that, under the applicable Colorado law, no criminal charges will be filed against the Longmont Police Department officers involved as their actions were legally justified,” Dougherty wrote.
Longmont police have not named the officers in this case, and the DA’s Office also took the unusual step of not identifying them in the report due to “repeated and numerous threats against members of the Longmont Police Department related to this incident, by individuals connected to Mr. Thurby.”
Three officers were called to the Regal Cinema movie theater in the Village at the Peaks shopping center on Sept. 20 after a witness with a protection order against Thurby spotted him.
Thurby was wanted on a felony failure to appear warrant out of Boulder County after prosecutors say he skipped a hearing to discuss whether his bond should be revoked.
Police contacted Thurby near the fire pit outside the main entrance to the theater and tried to arrest him, but officers spotted a handgun in his waistband.
The DA’s report indicates officers first used a Taser on Thurby, but then shot him when he pulled the gun. He died on scene.
“The evidence establishes that Mr. Thurby had a violent history, an outstanding arrest warrant, armed himself with a loaded handgun, and had communicated to other individuals that he would use the gun when located and contacted by the police,” Dougherty wrote.
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