- [Colorado] The attorney for the family of a man who shot and killed a Weld County Sheriff’s deputy demanded an apology from Sheriff John Cooke for the killing of the gunman and said the family’s threat of a lawsuit is “not about the money.”
Asked Thursday if he would write a letter of apology, Cooke simply stated: “No.”
Denver attorney Michael Evans sent a notice early this week to Cooke and to the Greeley and Evans police departments warning that Rueben Reyes’ family could file a civil lawsuit for $250,000 plus punitive damages unless they could reach a settlement.
On Nov. 23, at the end of a long police chase, police and Reyes scuffled where the cars had stopped in Evans. Reyes was able to get Deputy Sam Brownlee’s service weapon and shot him three times, killing the sheriff’s deputy. An Evans police officer immediately shot Reyes in the back three times, and he died later at North Colorado Medical Center.
In the notice this week, attorney Evans said the nature of the chase and the way it was handled, “aggravated the circumstances” leading to the death of Reyes. He also accused the officers at the scene of not offering help to Reyes in the form of CPR or first aid.