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Castle Rock officers cleared in December shooting

Suspect faces four counts of felony menacing


The 18th Judicial District Critical Response Team has released its review of an officer-involved shooting in Castle Rock in December and determined officers were justified in their use of force during the incident and cleared the officer who ultimately shot and injured a town resident.

Castle Rock Police Officers responded to the home of Charles Walter Rees, 67, just after 3 p.m. Dec. 24.

According to the report, Rees called 911 and spoke with Douglas County dispatch earlier that day to say he needed help but threatened to shoot anyone who came to his home. His wife later spoke with Castle Rock dispatch and told them her husband was intoxicated and wanted police to shoot him. She also told dispatch no handguns were in the home, but that Rees had a pellet gun.

Six police officers responded to the scene. Four officers entered the home and called for Rees to come out from his bedroom. Once he did, Rees initially ignored their commands to raise his hands, but then pointed what appeared to be a type of pistol known as a 1911 at them, the report says.

In follow-up interviews with investigators, the officers said they thought Rees would shoot them and feared for their lives. Two of the officers fired both lethal and non-lethal rounds at Rees.

An officer who fired his rifle shot at Rees four times, striking him once in the right arm. Another officer fired at Rees five times with a non-lethal shotgun, striking him in the ribcage with a bean-bag round.

Investigators who later compared Rees' pellet gun to a real 1911 handgun described the two as “indistinguishable,” according to the report. The report also says body camera footage corroborates officers' accounts.

Rees is facing four counts of felony menacing, a class 5 felony. His next court appearance is April 23.


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