Published: Oct. 7, 2016

Officer Clay AustinThe University of Colorado Boulder and the City of Boulder police departments today released the names of the officers involved in the Oct. 5 fatal shooting of a man wielding a machete on the CU Boulder campus. The CUPD officer is Clay Austin. He has been an officer with CUPD for almost four years. The BPD officer’s name is Jason Connor. He is a three-year veteran of the department. Both officers are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is consistent with department policies.

CU Boulder police received a 911 call at 9:13 a.m. and Officer Austin immediately responded to the scene. In total, 14 CUPD officers responded during the duration of the call. Boulder police became aware of the incident at 9:16 a.m., after multiple 911 calls came into the Boulder Police Department Communication Center. Nine Boulder police officers immediately responded to assist the CU Police Department. When officers encountered the armed suspect, he did not comply with verbal commands and then advanced on officers. It has been confirmed that both Officer Austin and Officer Connor discharged their firearms.

The Boulder County Investigation Team is the lead investigation team for this incident. This team is made up of investigators from various law enforcement agencies throughout Boulder County. Both the University of Colorado Boulder Police Department and the Boulder Police Department participate in this system of investigation to ensure objectivity in cases where officers use lethal force.

Investigators believe there are likely still witnesses who they have not talked with and are asking individuals who were in the area when the incident occurred to call Sgt. Brian Lindsey with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office at 303-441-4917.

The University of Colorado Boulder and the City of Boulder police departments today released the names of the officers involved in the Oct. 5 fatal shooting of a man wielding a machete on the CU Boulder campus. The CUPD officer is Clay Austin. He has been an officer with CUPD for almost four years. The BPD officer’s name is Jason Connor. He is a three-year veteran of the department. Both officers are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is consistent with department policies.

CU Boulder police received a 911 call at 9:13 a.m. and Officer Austin immediately responded to the scene. In total, 14 CUPD officers responded during the duration of the call. Boulder police became aware of the incident at 9:16 a.m., after multiple 911 calls came into the Boulder Police Department Communication Center. Nine Boulder police officers immediately responded to assist the CU Police Department. When officers encountered the armed suspect, he did not comply with verbal commands and then advanced on officers. It has been confirmed that both Officer Austin and Officer Connor discharged their firearms.

The Boulder County Investigation Team is the lead investigation team for this incident. This team is made up of investigators from various law enforcement agencies throughout Boulder County. Both the University of Colorado Boulder Police Department and the Boulder Police Department participate in this system of investigation to ensure objectivity in cases where officers use lethal force.

Investigators believe there are likely still witnesses who they have not talked with and are asking individuals who were in the area when the incident occurred to call Sgt. Brian Lindsey with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office at 303-441-4917.

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Officer Clay Austin

CUPD Officer Clay Austin