The district attorney in Weld County refused to clear the Fort Lupton officer of wrongdoing in a shooting because the officer would not follow up with an investigation and did not explain why he turned off his body camera before firing.
In a report released Tuesday, Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke approved an officer from Fort Lupton, Sgt. In shooting Jeremy Sagner, April 17. But Rourke said the investigation of Sgt. William Carnes’ “probable criminal culpability has not been resolved because he refused to cooperate.”
Rourke wrote in his report, Carnes was the first officer to fire the suspect that day at Smokey Crockett, but his shot “was not captured on his body camera because he inexplicably shut it down shortly before firing.” “For unexplained reasons, Sgt. Carnes’ body camera remained off until the end of the incident.
The incident began at 8:34 a.m. on April 17, when a woman claimed that her ex-husband, Crockett, had threatened to shoot her and any responding officers. According to investigators, Carnes arrived first, then claimed a shot had been fired in his direction and that he fired back. After some time other officers arrived.
At 9:02 a.m., Crockett began walking down a street toward officers, a gun visible in his right hand. Several officers ordered him to drop the gun. According to the district attorney’s office, when he began to pick it up, he was shot five times.
Two officers in June and a third, Sagner, were cleared this week. But according to Rourke, the investigation into Carnes continues.
“What, where, or why (Carnes) shot remains unknown, as he declined to give a statement,” an investigator in Rourke’s office wrote in the report Tuesday.