Nationwide Warrant Issued For Woman Who Lied In Red Flag Complaint Against Cop

Holly Matkin

Susan Holmes is wanted on felony charges of attempting to influence a public servant and perjury.

Fort Collins, CO – A felony arrest warrant has been issued for the woman who attempted to use Colorado’s newly-enacted red flag law to strip away the firearms rights of the officer who fatally shot her son.

Felony warrants for charges of attempting to influence a public servant and perjury was issued for 64-year-old Susan Holmes on Jan. 23, KUSA reported.

Larimer County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) deputies have repeatedly attempted to serve the warrant, but their efforts to locate her have been unsuccessful.

The department put out a “Most Wanted” bulletin for Susan on Thursday.

“Every week we put out one for the most egregious or the most public interest charge to generate public interest and leads," LCSO spokesperson Jared Kramer told KUSA.

Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said that Susan has either gone into hiding or fled the area, and requested anyone with information about her whereabouts to contact police, the Coloradoan reported.

The warrants are extraditable nationwide, Sheriff Smith noted in a Facebook post on Friday.

"Ms. Holmes demonstrated enthusiasm to abuse the legal system when she fraudulently filed a red flag affidavit besmirching the name of an honorable CSU police corporal," Sheriff Smith told the Coloradoan. "In doing so, she sought to deprive the officer of his constitutional rights."

According to court records, Susan committed the alleged offenses on Jan. 9, which was also the day she used the red flag law to file an extreme risk protection order (ERPO) petition and affidavit against Colorado State University (CSU) Corporal Philip Morris, KUSA reported.

Cpl. Morris fatally shot her son, 19-year-old Jeremy Holmes, after Jeremy lunged at him with a large hunting knife on July 1, 2017.

Larimer County District Attorney Clifford Riedel determined that the officer’s use of deadly force was “clearly justified,” according to KDVR.

On the ERPO paperwork, under the penalty of perjury, Susan falsely claimed that she and Cpl. Morris have a child together and that the officer is her family member, KUSA reported.

Susan previously said that she planned to argue her interpretation of what “have a child in common” actually means, according to KDVR.

On Jan. 16, a Larimer County district court judge determined that Cpl. Morris is not Susan’s family member, and that Susan had no grounds for filing the request.

One day prior to the judge’s finding, Sheriff Smith publicly announced in a Facebook post that he “had not and would not” serve Susan’s petition on Cpl. Morris “because it is a fraud.”

“Under Colorado’s flawed ERPO law, Ms. Holmes was able to file a petition against the CSU officer, despite the facts that Ms. Holmes has no legal standing and the petition on its face has zero merit,” Sheriff Smith wrote.

Sheriff Smith said at the time that investigators were looking into potential charges against Susan.

“We are actively investigating this abuse of the system and we will determine what charges may be substantiated against the petitioner, Ms. Holmes,” Sheriff Smith said. “Because this represents an active investigation, I will not be making any additional comments on this case at this time.”

Sheriff Smith noted that the incident has exposed “the tremendous potential for abuse of ill drafted, politically motivated laws, like Colorado’s Red Flag law.”

The fatal altercation between Cpl. Morris and Jeremy occurred after Susan called police to report that Jeremy was armed with a knife and threatening to kill his brother, KDVR reported.

Jeremy was still armed with the large knife when Cpl. Morris and a second CSU officer encountered him in the 550-block of West Prospect Road, according to KUSA.

Bodycam footage showed that during the two minutes that followed, police ordered Jeremy to drop the 11-inch blade over 40 times, according to the Coloradoan.

The suspect refused to comply and demanded that the officers shoot him.

At one point during the encounter, Cpl. Morris started to holster his duty weapon so he could deploy a Taser to subdue him, but Jeremy charged at him with the knife as he was trying to transition weapons, KUSA reported.

Both officers opened fire, killing him.

Police investigators described the incident as a situation of “suicide by cop,” KUSA reported.

Susan has since claimed that police overreacted in handling her 911 call.

“Kids say that all the time about ‘I’m gonna kill my brother…he’s pissed me off,’” she told KDVR. “I didn’t even take it seriously.”

In her ERPO petition and affidavit, Susan alleged that “Phil Morris used his firearm to recklessly & violently threaten and kill” her son.

Susan also endorsed a statement on the petition accusing Cpl. Morris of threatening or harming others.

"There have been a pattern of acts or credible threats of violence by the respondent in the last year, including but not limited to acts or credible threats of violence against self or others,” the document read, according to the Coloradoan.

Susan provided no evidence to bolster her bold claim, noting only that the details of the additional alleged wrongdoings were “unknown but possible,” the Coloradoan reported.

She also alleged that it is “unknown but possible,” that Cpl. Morris may have previously been convicted of a domestic violence offense, and accused him of “ongoing violence and aggression from 2013-2017.”

“I filed this ERPO because there was a coverup in my son’s murder,” Susan told KDVR. “I believe Officer Phil Morris murdered my son.”

She noted that Cpl. Morris is “absolutely” a danger to the public.

“He shouldn’t even be a police officer!” she declared.

Susan also dismissed questions regarding her claim that she and Cpl. Morris share a child together.

“People might think it’s weird. I don’t,” she told KDVR shortly after her filing. “I can’t talk about my strategy of what I’m going to present in court on that.”

Susan said she is pushing to have the red flag law amended so that members of the public can file for ERPOs against law enforcement officers.

“I’ve never received any justice, and neither has my son,” Susan said in a YouTube video showcasing her petition paperwork. “He was slaughtered by Officer Phil Morris…I think he should never have a gun again in his life. He shouldn’t even be a police officer.”

“Jeremy’s just quietly walking down the street doing nothing. No harm to anybody. Nothing,” she added. “[Cpl. Morris is] out of control and violent and kills teenagers.”

Colorado House Minority Leader Representative Patrick Neville blasted the red flag law in a Twitter post.

"We predicted this and said a falsely accused person has no recourse other than hoping a DA files charges. No recourse to recoup lost wages or reputation," Neville wrote. "One example of many about how this bill was so horribly written."

Susan, who held up a “Kill All Police…They Are Killing Us” sign during a protest at CSU in 2017, has also filed a civil lawsuit against CSU, the Coloradoan reported.

Comments (60)
amlee
amlee

Follow through with the order! This cop isn't special. He gets to be fucked like the rest of the citizens....spend his own money clearing his name.

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Hi_estCommieDenom
Hi_estCommieDenom

Lock her ass up

Just-My-Thoughts.
Just-My-Thoughts.

Another wacko out there who's kid was turning his life around. She did a terrible job raising him and now wants to punish the officer because he didn't want to be stabbed. What an idiot.

rwingjr
rwingjr

Almost funny. I shared the original report a while ago, and if this was an ordinary citizen, the cops would have taken his guns away without due process, but since the sheriff tasked with serving it, knew the cop, he didn't do it.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I hope she is located, arrested and convicted, so she can get the mental health treatment that she so clearly needs.

And she can serve prison time for her crime, and can be used as an example for what happens when you abuse the erpo system. Actions have consequences.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#overkill #wasteofmoney

LEO0301
LEO0301

If she didn't take his threats seriously, why oh why did she call the police?

bryantrent
bryantrent

Oh please

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

The lady is clearly deranged. The ability to file a “red flag” order request based on “unknown but possible” events is equally ludicrous—it is “unknown but possible” that she herself is a serial killer of hundreds and should be locked up to prevent “unknown but possible” future murders. It is clearly evident that her son’s death was a case of “suicide by police.” The Officer even holstered his firearm to use a taser when the young man charged him with a large hunting knife, clearly threatening the officer’s life and totally justifying his response. She needs to let go and work to figure out where she may have gone wrong in how she raised her son. Maybe she can do that while doing time for trying to ruin someone else’s life.

ElleD
ElleD

She is trying to ease her pain of calling 911.

Stanracer
Stanracer

This nutjob has definitely drank the koolaid.😝☹👎

Raymelson
Raymelson

I've never heard of this law apparently it doesn't work to well or she wouldn't have been able to abuse it

Usaf9000
Usaf9000

This is a perfect example of the problems this type of unconstitutional law presents. A falsified complaint can put innocent people on everyone’s radar unnecessarily violating a person’s constitutional rights. There needs to be some evidence, not just a deranged woman’s word to start an investigation of innocent people. The way this law works is backwards, “you are guilty until proven innocent.”

Nnfdret
Nnfdret

The mere fact they someone can use the process against someone undeserving is a sign that the law has serious flaws.

RB2207
RB2207

Maybe a few months in jail will teach her and others not to make false claims.

firecrackerdad
firecrackerdad

So the warrant confirms that the Red Flag law is unconstitutional. Why isn't it invalidated by the courts?

JBH
JBH

Red Flag Laws as well as every un-Constitutional State and Federal "Hate Crime ( i.e. Thought Crimes ) need to be jettisoned today!

WEST TEXAS
WEST TEXAS

They have your bracelets ready Susan.

MizzV
MizzV

She's obviously the mentally unstable one in this equation and it looks like the apple didn't fall far from the tree with her son.

Bodyguard007
Bodyguard007

I hope her ignorant self is sent away for along, long time,

JEC
JEC

Red Flag laws are unconstitutional at their core and you can see how easy they can be abused. Get rid of em.


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