Suspect With Fake Gun Survives Shooting in Apparent ‘Suicide by Cop’ Attempt


Just released video footage of the Jan. 21 police shooting shows. In the moments after, Officer Mathew Brede fired his rifle 10 times, and Austin Snodgrass, the man in front of him, fell to the ground, suffering from three gunshot wounds. Snodgrass survived the shooting. FCPS released body-mounted camera footage of the January shooting on Tuesday.

Larimer County District Attorney Cliff Riedel cleared Brede of any criminal wrongdoing in the incident in February, saying Snodgrass had admitted the standoff outside his Hastings Drive home was an attempt at “suicide by cop.” At a news conference Tuesday, Interim Police Chief Terry Jones went over the facts of the case and reiterated that Snodgrass had orchestrated the confrontation with Brede as an attempt to take his own life.

“Mr. Snodgrass is extremely fortunate that he survived his wounds,” Jones said. “Any time you’re shot with this type of weapon, the outcome is generally catastrophic.” Snodgrass survived was ultimately sentenced to serve three years in community corrections for felony menacing, after he pleaded guilty to that charge. Snodgrass, now 25, called 911 on Jan. 21 and falsely reported that an intruder had stabbed his roommate.

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