A Denver police officer will face assault charges for allegedly injuring multiple bystanders after he fired at a suspect in a crowded bar district in Lower Downtown last summer, a grand jury ruled Wednesday.
The grand jury indicted Denver police officer Brandon Ramos on 14 counts: two counts of second-degree assault, six counts of third-degree assault, one count of prohibited use of a weapon and five counts of reckless endangerment.
Ramos was one of three officers who fired at Jordan Waddy after bars closed on July 17 after police said they saw him with a gun outside the Larimer Beer Hall. Waddy allegedly punched someone outside of the bar and then walked away as officers approached him.
Body camera footage showed Waddy stepping between two parked cars and onto the street and raising his hands when he saw police. Waddy turned his back to the officers and walked back between the two cars and onto the sidewalk, the videos showed. Waddy then turned to face the officers and grabbed a gun from his clothing as officers yelled “stop” and “get down.”
Body camera footage shows Waddy throwing the gun to the ground as three officers, including Ramos, opened fire.
Six bystanders outside of the beer hall were injured, including some who suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
The other two officers will not face criminal charges because prosecutors and the grand jury found their actions to be legally justified, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said in a news release.
“Officer Ramos knew that a large crowd of people… were behind Waddy, and that he did not have a clear backdrop,” the indictment states. “At no point did Waddy turn and face Officer Ramos with the firearm.”
This is a developing story that will be updated.
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