Sheriff’s deputy cleared in shooting

DA investigation rules deputies were justified in April 3 shooting

Thelma Grimes
tgrimes@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/15/21

Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Lippolis has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the April 3 shooting that resulted in the death of suspect Samuel Yaeger. Lippolis was cleared by the …

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Sheriff’s deputy cleared in shooting

DA investigation rules deputies were justified in April 3 shooting

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Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Lippolis has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the April 3 shooting that resulted in the death of suspect Samuel Yaeger.

Lippolis was cleared by the District Attorney’s Office. In the report, released on June 14, investigators said Lippolis was justified in the shooting that occurred on the off-ramp to Interstate 25 near the Happy Canyon northbound exit near Castle Pines.

According to the investigation, Yaeger had been hiking with a college classmate and brought a rifle along. While on the hike, the two used the indica strain of marijuana. At that point, the classmate, who is not named in the report, said Yaeger began acting paranoid and strange.

The classmate called 911 and left Yaeger at the off-ramp.

Sherriff’s deputy Brent Butler was the first to arrive on the scene. According to the report, Butler repeatedly told Yaeger to drop the weapon, to which he did not comply.

As Yaeger reportedly moved to the northbound on-ramp of I-25, Lippolis arrived on scene.

According to deputy statements, Yaeger, 24, kneeled down with the rifle and took aim at the deputies, shooting three times. Lippolis returned fire, firing three shots. One shot hit Yaeger in the hip, the other two struck him in the head, killing him instantly.

The report states, “Based upon my review of all materials, I find that Deputy Lippolis legally and justifiably shot Samuel Yaeger based on his reasonable fear that Samuel Yaeger was about to fire on Deputy Butler, that Yaeger did in fact fire at the deputies, and that Yaeger’s conduct constituted an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to himself, (Butler), and citizens traveling on, or near the I-25 and Happy Canyon junction.”

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