Fort Lupton officer justified in fatal April shooting

Published on July 20, 2021

Weld County District Attorney

GREELEY, Colo. (Weld County D.A.) – A Fort Lupton officer involved in a fatal shooting in April has been cleared from any criminal charges.

However, the investigation into a second Fort Lupton officer involved in the shooting is pending.

On Monday, DA Rourke sent a letter and report to Fort Lupton Police Chief John Fryar regarding the fatal shooting of Smokey Crockett on April 17, 2021.

The 19th Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) conducted the investigation, which was provided to the District Attorney’s Office.

Based on the thorough CIRT and CBI investigation, DA Rourke has determined that one Fort Lupton officer was legally justified in discharging his firearm at Crockett during the incident.

In June, a Weld County sheriff’s deputy and a Dacono police officer who were also involved in the incident, were also cleared from criminal charges.

At this time, no additional information will be released. The full letter and report can be read here.