Sgt. Dennis Juhl, who arrived just after James Guy Jr. was shot, told Officer Nathan Jorstad "to leave his shotgun in the same condition as it was in at this moment," a District Attorney's Office investigator's report says. Jorstad then placed the shotgun on the hood of Juhl's Durango, and it was later taken into evidence.
That's the first step when a Springs Police officer shoots and kills someone: secure the weapon involved and all of the weapons an officer is carrying.
Officers then secure the scene, gather evidence and identify witnesses. The officer who fired his weapon is removed from the scene as soon as possible by a supervisor and submits to an interview by investigators. He or she is told not to discuss the incident with outsiders, except family and the officer's attorney.
Those present at the interview include a police detective, a DA's investigator, the officer and the officer's attorney. Under department policies, the interview typically doesn't take place until the following day to provide "a sufficient rest period" and so "the officers have had time to collect themselves following the incident." That directive is designed "to allow the officer time to recover from the immediate effects of traumatic stress associated with a deadly force incident prior to comprehensive questioning."
Jorstad was first interviewed two and a half hours after the shooting on the same day.
The officer is placed on at least three days administrative leave, which can vary depending on the police chief's wishes. The officer also is offered psychological services. "Employees are required to contact the Psychologist within 24 hours to arrange for a briefing on possible reactions to traumatic events," the policy states. "Thereafter, the Department Psychologist will contact the employee to arrange for a series of routine follow-up assessments at one-month, six-month, and twelve-month intervals...."
The department's Deadly Force Investigation Team works with the DA's Office to investigate the incident.
After it's completed, a Critical Incident Review Board comprised of department personnel examines the incident. But its report is kept secret, because it contains operational and tactical information, says police spokesperson Lt. Catherine Buckley.
Policy calls for the officer not to be identified to the public until the DA's Office rules on whether the use of deadly force was justified, which can take weeks, although the police chief can authorize the release sooner.
Jorstad was identified on July 15 in a news release about the grand jury's decision.
Internal Affairs conducts its own investigation regarding administrative and policy matters.
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