To start the year, Teller County experienced a tragedy that struck the heart strings of many in the community. Moreover, it ignited a call for changes in the way suspected foul play or possible murder/suicide incidents are handled by law officers.
This occurred when it was reported that a 53-year-old Florissant resident, William Brueche, killed his five-year-old son, Liam Brueche, before taking his own life. This marked the second murder/suicide incident to strike the Florissant area within a month period.
After the Jan 4 incident, rumors exploded on social media, with some reports alleging that the sheriff’s office should have done more to protect the child. And like so many law enforcement offices in Colorado, the agency came under fire for what some critics described as not implementing the Red Flag law properly. This law can allow law enforcement agencies to initiate action to take firearms away from those suspected of having serious mental health problems.
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