Two US police deputies involved in the murder of a New Zealander who called police for help have lost their jobs.
Christian Glass, 22, was fatally shot through the windshield of his car after running off the road near Silver Plume, Colorado, and calling police during what some say was a psychological crisis.
Andrew Buen and Kyle Gould lost their jobs after being indicted by a grand jury for the murder.
Originally from Christchurch, Glass moved to the US with his parents at the age of 10.
Chief Justice of the 5th Judicial District Paul Dunkelman today sealed the indictment and issued arrest warrants for Buen and Gould.
Buen has been charged with first degree murder, official misconduct and reckless endangerment. Gould has been charged with negligent homicide and reckless endangerment. The court set bail of $50,000 for Buen and $2,500 for Gould.
The next court dates for both men are expected to be in mid-December.
Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office called the decision to fire the officers a “painful but necessary process”.
“While the criminal investigation was taking place, Sheriff Rick Albers requested, and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office accepted, the offer to conduct an internal investigation to ensure transparency and accountability,” a statement said.
“While the investigation is ongoing, preliminary findings show there were policy and procedural errors and the initial press release about the shooting, based on information available at the time of the incident, does not reflect the whole of what happened .”
That press release alleged that Glass had been “argumentative and uncooperative” and that he had attempted to stab an officer when police smashed a window to get him out of his car.
After unsuccessful attempts to get him out of his vehicle, Glass, who appeared frightened, was tasered and shot at five times.
Lawyers Rathod and Mohamedbhai, representing parents Simon and Sally Glass, said the family was relieved that appropriate charges had been brought against some of those responsible.
“However, genuineness for Christian requires holding everyone involved accountable. Christian’s death is a blot on every officer who was present and failed to prevent the escalation and
unnecessary use of force,” a statement said.