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Brother of Man Shot by Longmont Police ID’d As Source of Reported Threats After Arrest for Eluding

December 4, 2018

Bruce Thurby

A man accused of threatening Longmont police and Boulder County Sheriff’s deputies was arrested Monday after attempting to elude a sheriff’s deputy.

Bruce Alan Thurby, 32, was arrested on suspicion of eluding police, driving under a revocation and having fictitious plates on his vehicle, all misdemeanors and traffic offenses.

According to an arrest affidavit, police began looking for Thurby after going to his residence in Longmont on Nov. 27 to conduct a high-risk eviction. The affidavit says that Thurby and his family have “made numerous threats” toward officers after the recent officer-involved shooting of Gillie Thurby III, 28.

Gillie Thurby was shot and killed on Sept. 20 by Longmont police near the Regal Cinemas 12 at the Village at the Peaks. Police were attempting to arrest him for two warrants when they say he pulled out a gun. Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty in November ruled that Longmont police were justified in the shooting .

Because of the threats, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team had also responded to Bruce Thurby’s eviction.

One of the deputies went to where Bruce Thurby worked on 17th Avenue in an attempt to contact him. After watching Thurby leave work and return, she attempted to pull him over. However, he told the deputy, “I’m not going back to jail,” and drove away down Hover Street.

Thurby on Monday turned himself in at the Boulder County Jail.

He is scheduled to appear in Boulder County District Court for an arraignment on Dec. 19.

According to Colorado courts records, Thurby has previous a felony conviction for menacing.

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com

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