BCSO: Man shot by deputies drew handgun, but weapon jammed

LONGMONT, Colo. – A Longmont man killed by Boulder County Sheriff’s deputies on Sunday pointed a 9mm handgun at them, but the weapon jammed, BCSO said Monday.

Christopher George, 43, died shortly before 1 p.m.

Deputies responded to a home in the 8300 block of North 95th Street about 8:35 a.m., BCSO said. Two women met police there. One woman said that her adult son had locked himself in a bedroom for several days and was making suicidal comments, BCSO reported.

The woman said her son, later identified as George, did not have any weapons.

When deputies entered the room, George was allegedly sitting on his bed with one arm behind his back. When one deputy tried to grab the arm, George allegedly withdrew the handgun and pointed it at him.

The deputy fired his weapon three times, hitting the suspect twice in the body, BCSO said.

Investigators later found that George’s handgun had jammed. It was not clear if he had actually pulled the trigger while aiming at the deputy.

George was flown to the hospital by air ambulance. He was pronounced dead at 12:50 p.m.

Per policy, the deputy who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative leave.