Wrong Bond Information Was Released on Man Shot by Longmont Police

September 27, 2018

Gillie Thurby III

The bond revocation motion for a Longmont man killed last week in an officer-involved shooting contained incorrect information about his previous criminal history, court records show.

Gillie Thurby III, 28, was shot by two Longmont police officers on Sept. 20 outside of the Regal Cinema movie theater in the Village at the Peaks shopping center. He died at the scene.

Three officers had responded to the area around 9:45 p.m. to track Thurby, who was wanted on a felony failure to appear warrant out of Boulder County after prosecutors say he skipped a hearing to discuss whether his bond should be revoked.

The bond issue was a result of Detective John Steele submitting a report to the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office on Sept. 17 saying Thurby — who has two pending felony sex assault cases in Boulder County — attempted to buy a firearm, though it was prohibited by his bond conditions.

But in addition to Thurby’s open cases and past convictions, Steele also included three previous felony convictions from 2002 out of Weld County that were actually for his father, Gillie Thurby Jr.

“All the incidents they had with him was because of me, because of who I was,” and because we had the same name, Thurby Jr. said in a phone interview Wednesday.

Longmont police Deputy Chief Jeff Satur acknowledged the error, but added that even without the mistakenly listed convictions, Gillie Thurby III was not allowed to purchase a firearm.

“There is an error in the criminal history, but there are other issues in the three other paragraphs outlining why this person’s bond should be revoked,” Satur said.

Satur said that Steele will file a supplemental report to correct the error.

As for Thurby Jr.’s assertion that the mistaken criminal history affected how police officers contacted his son, Satur said he could not comment because the case is under investigation by a multi-agency shoot investigation team.

“It would be wholly inappropriate to comment at this time,” Satur said. “That will come out in the investigation,” Satur said.

Because Thurby III never appeared at the hearing for the revocation hearing, a judge never ruled on it.

Staff writer Mitchell Byars contributed to this report.

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

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