Arapahoe County Sheriff won’t be charged in incident in GV

BY FREDA MIKLIN
GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER

Tyler Brown was elected Arapahoe County Sheriff in November 2018 and will be up for re-election in 2022.

On August 21, there was a dispute between patrons at Pindustry, a 54,000-square foot bar with pizza and games at 7939 E. Arapahoe Road in Greenwood Village, that resulted in police being called. When it turned out that one of the people involved in the fracas was Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown, who was off-duty, 18th Judicial District Attorney John Kellner asked Denver D.A. Beth McCann to conduct the investigation, including review of the incident report and any other data that had been gathered by Greenwood Village police, due to Kellner’s office’s “close working relationship with Sheriff Brown and the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.”

On September 9, McCann announced that her office had completed its review of the episode and that “the evidence does not support criminal charges against any of the parties.” Among the six reasons she cited for her decision were, “All parties were drinking, and their testimony is not reliable,” and, “The parties involved who could be considered victims of the sheriff’s conduct do not wish to proceed with criminal charges.”

She pointedly added that, “Having concluded that criminal charges are not warranted, I want to make it clear that the behavior of Sheriff Brown in this situation was irresponsible and unprofessional for an elected sheriff.” D.A. McCann continued, “I am not in a position to take any further action with regard to this situation as my role is to determine if criminal charges should be filed. I will leave any further action to the officials and voters of Arapahoe County.”

Later that day, the sheriff issued this response to McCann’s announcement, “Sheriff Brown would like to thank the Denver District Attorney’s Office for conducting an unbiased review of the incident. This was an unfortunate event that put the sheriff in the unwelcome position of having to protect and defend his wife. Sheriff Brown trusts the legal process and is looking forward to putting these events behind him.”

As part of her public statement, McCann went out of her way to give special credit to the “the thorough, professional and unbiased investigation conducted by the men and women of Greenwood Village Police Department regarding this incident,” adding, “The officers and detectives who handled this investigation pursued all avenues to determine what happened and (GVPD) Chief Dustin Varney and his team did outstanding work.”

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