Killed – Christopher George (Longmont, CO)


The Boulder County Coroner on Monday afternoon identified the man shot and killed by a Boulder County deputy on Sunday as 43-year-old Christopher George.

Detectives continued working Monday on the investigation into the fatal shooting of George in his home southwest of Longmont after his mother called for help because he had been holed up in a room for days.

Members of the county’s multi-agency critical incident team visited neighbors of the home at 8309 N. 95th St. on Monday morning and revisited the scene inside the house, which was surrounded by police crime scene tape and secured by Boulder County deputies. The home was released to its owner, Dixie George, at about 6:15 p.m. Monday.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office reported on Sunday that a woman at the home called county dispatch at 8:35 a.m. and asked for help for her adult son, who had been in his room for several days. The woman reported to the sheriff’s office that he did not have access to weapons.

Deputy Brandon Bussard, a two-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, and Deputy Gary Robinson, a 16-year veteran, responded about 10 minutes later. They went to the room to speak with George and he reportedly “displayed” a gun during the conversation.

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cmdr. Heidi Prentup reported Bussard fired several rounds and wounded the man, who died at 12:50 p.m. on Sunday after he was flown to Denver Health Medical Center for surgery.

“The male, who was seated on his bed partially covered with blankets, reached behind his back. One deputy advanced in an attempt to gain control of the man’s arm. The man produced a 9 mm handgun and pointed it at the deputy,” Prentup wrote Monday in an email update about the shooting. “Both deputies saw the gun, heard the suspect manipulating the weapon and feared for their life. (Bussard) ultimately fired three times, striking the male twice in the torso, with the third round going into the bed.

When the suspect’s handgun was examined later it was jammed, appearing to have malfunctioned.”

The Boulder County District Attorney’s Office announced on Tuesday that a Boulder County deputy who shot and killed a Longmont area man in his home Dec. 29, 2013, was justified in the shooting.

Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett and chief trial deputy Sean Finn sent a letter to Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle that detailed the review of the case and the finding.

As a result, prosecutors will not file charges against Boulder County Deputy Brandon Bussard, who shot Christopher George, 43, after George reportedly pulled a gun and pointed it at Bussard.


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