Man shot by Clear Creek sheriff's deputy after allegedly trying to stab officer with knife

Andrew Fraieli
afraieli@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/16/22

A man was shot in Silver Plume by Clear Creek County Sheriff’s deputies the evening of June 10 after allegedly trying to stab an officer with a knife.

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Man shot by Clear Creek sheriff's deputy after allegedly trying to stab officer with knife

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A man was shot in Silver Plume by Clear Creek County sheriff’s deputies the evening of June 10 after allegedly trying to stab an officer with a knife.

Deputies responded to a call for a “motorist assist” in the 600 block of Main Street in Silver Plume and found a vehicle that appeared to have struck a rock with the driver and sole occupant still inside — an adult white man.

Undersheriff Bruce Snelling said he did not know if the call was made by the driver or not, but he did not believe the driver was a local resident.

According to the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office, the man became “argumentative and uncooperative” with the deputies who responded to the call. He also armed himself with a knife.

Additional officers, including one from the Idaho Springs Police Department, arrived as well for backup. ISPD Chief Nate Buseck elaborated that his officer was there only as support. Asked further about the scene, Buseck said the man seemed to be either on drugs or having a mental health crisis, and was not complying with orders to leave the vehicle.

Snelling said that officers were “looking for a peaceful resolution, to provide him with help or assistance or whatever he needed."

Deputies eventually broke a window and removed the knife, but the man grabbed a second knife and a rock.

At this point deputies fired bean bag rounds at the man, then fired a taser at him to no effect, before the man then tried to stab an officer and deputies fired multiple shots at him.

“Right after the suspect attempted to stab an officer on scene, and after he was shot, he took a knife, the knife he had in his hand, and started stabbing himself — in the neck, the head, the chest,” said Snelling.

When asked, Snelling clarified that the man never left the car throughout the entire ordeal.

Officers then pulled him out of the car and tried to administer first aid, but the man did not survive.

“It seems like officers and deputies did everything they could to figure out what he needed, tried to help him. Nothing worked,” Snelling told CBS4.

Snelling said he could not give any more information, as the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is now investigating the circumstances of the shooting, with their cooperation.

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