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Longmont Officer Involved Shooting

1250 South Hover

Post Date:09/21/2018 1:56 AM

UPDATED: 9/21/18 AT 10:30AM.

Attached is a copy of an arrest photo of Gillie Thurby (05/21/90) from June 2018.  Mr. Thurby does have a criminal history in the city of Longmont. At the time of the shooting, Mr. Thurby was wanted on a felony failure to appear warrant out of Boulder County. The original charges include: sexual assault on a child - position of trust/pattern of trust, a class 3 felony. Additional charges included aggravated incest, sexual exploitation of a child, sexual exploitation of the child 20+ video on a cell phone, sexual exploitation of a child 20+ video on a tablet and violation of bond conditions. 

Longmont Officer Involved Shooting SuspectWe also have information that Mr. Thurby attempted to purchase a firearm on September 11, 2018 from a pawnshop in the city of Loveland. Our case report number is 18–8530. This was in violation of a protection order issued by the Boulder County District Court which prohibited Mr. Thurby from possessing and/or purchasing a firearm or other weapon. This purchase was denied due to Mr. Thurby’s criminal history. 

The Boulder County Investigations Team and the Longmont Police Department are also investigating the purchase and potential transfer of the firearm found in Mr. Thurby’s possession at the time of the shooting. 

The department has received several inquiries about the identity of the involved officers. At this time we are withholding the names of the involved officers because of some implied threats by associates. Out of concern for the officers and their families, we are evaluating the nature of the threats and will gauge the reaction by associates as the investigation continues. As this investigation progresses we will evaluate all the information and make a decision on the timing of any release. 

ORIGINAL RELEASE: The Boulder County Investigations Team and the Longmont Police Department are investigating an officer involved shooting which occurred at approximately 9:45pm on 9/20/18 at the Village at the Peaks Mall, 1250 S. Hover Rd., Longmont, CO.

The following description is based on preliminary information. The shooting took place after three Longmont Police Officers attempted to contact a 28-year-old white male who was wanted on a sexual assault warrant.

The officers, two who were in full uniform and one who was in plain clothes, but wearing identifiable police identification, approached the subject near the fire pit outside the Regal Cinema. During the arrest, officers attempted to subdue the armed man with a Taser and later shot the individual when he pulled his firearm from his waistband. Two officers fired multiple rounds, striking the suspect who died at the scene. This shooting was witnessed by several other bystanders. No officers or bystanders were injured.

The suspect, age 28, is a white male, from Longmont. His name has been withheld pending notification of his family.

Per policy, the involved officers who fired their weapons will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Boulder County Critical Incident Investigations Team is a county wide team developed by the Boulder County Chief Executive Officers and are responsible for investigating cases involving the use of deadly force. The team is made up of detectives from Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Boulder P.D., Longmont P.D. Lafayette P.D., Louisville P.D., CUPD, Colorado State Patrol and advisors from the District Attorney’s Office.

Any witnesses who may have seen this incident are asked to call Detective Sergeant Matt Cage of the Longmont Police Department at (303) 651-8520.

Certain portions of 1250 S. Hover Rd., (Village at the Peaks Mall) will be closed while the investigation is conducted
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