Jeffrey Musick shooting: DA rules cop justified in killing man armed with sword
On November 10, Jeffrey Musick, a 38-year-old with a history of mental illness and a slew of arrests (see a gallery of his mug shots below), was shot to death by Auraria Campus Police Officer Robert Burnett after allegedly attacking him with a sword. Today, the Denver District Attorney's Office has released a letter deeming this action justified. Continue to read it and see photos of the scene and Burnett's wounded hand.
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According to the letter's "statement of facts" section, the incident took place on November 10, when the Auraria campus ROTC was staging a five kilometer walk/run in commemoration of Veteran's Day. At around 6 a.m. that morning, a cadet told law enforcement that he saw "a person in an all-black outfit" walk by the table where he was sitting. The cadet's account continues:
The intersection of 9th and Walnut, near where the incident took place.
He had his face covered, and stared me down as he walked past the group of four cadets. I saw he seemed to have two ninja swords on him, and he was walking around briskly in an odd manner. His presence startled the other three cadets and myself, so as he walked around the other side of the Tivoli building, I asked the others if they had the campus emergency phone #. CDT [Cadet] Connell had it, so I instructed him to call & let them know the situation. Very shortly after, I saw several cop cars speed by with lights on, and then I heard 3 shots, I believe. I rushed over to see what happened in fear of cops, civilians or CDTs being injured, and I saw cop cars surrounding the intersection right by the Tivoli parking garage.What prompted this response? Burnett told investigators that he was driving a marked police car when he received a report about a suspect in what was later described as a "homemade ninja outfit." As he approached the intersection of 9th and Walnut, he spotted the man, later identified as Musick, and dismounted from his vehicle.
"Police officer," Musick reportedly said. "I need to talk to you."
But what happened next didn't have anything to do with conversation, Burnett maintains.
Continue to read more about the Jeffrey Musick shooting. Warning: a photo of Officer Burnett's wounded hand is graphic.