Woman Files False Red Flag Complaint Against Cop Who Shot Her Son

Holly Matkin

Susan Holmes filed an extreme risk protection order affidavit and petition against CSU Police Cpl. Philip Morris.

Fort Collins, CO – The mother of a 19-year-old man who was fatally shot while lunging at police with a large hunting knife in 2017 is using Colorado’s new red flag law in an attempt to strip away the firearms rights of the officer who shot him.

The fatal altercation occurred on July 1, 2017, after Susan Holmes called police to report that her son, 19-year-old Jeremy Holmes, was armed with a knife and threatening to kill his brother, KDVR reported.

When Colorado State University (CSU) Police Corporal Philip Morris and at least one other CSU officer encountered Jeremy in the 500 Block of West Prospect Road, they quickly realized he was still armed with the large hunting knife, KUSA reported.

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.

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

But Susan now argues 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.”

On Jan. 9, Susan used Colorado’s newly-enacted red flag law to file an extreme risk protection order (ERPO) petition and affidavit against Cpl. Morris in Larimer County District Court.

The law allows a law enforcement officer, household member, or family member to file such paperwork if they believe an individual is a threat to themselves or to others, KUSA reported.

Under the penalty of perjury, Susan claimed in the documents that she and Cpl. Morris have a child together and that the officer is her family member – a statements that are entirely false, according to KUSA.

She further 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.”

The matter is scheduled to go before the court on Thursday.

“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. “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 tweet on Tuesday.

"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 has also filed a civil lawsuit against CSU, the Coloradoan reported.

Comments (53)
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JBoH
JBoH

“I didn’t even take it seriously.”

Then you shouldn't have called the police. It's unfortunate that your son threatened to kill your other son and did attempt to kill the officer that responded to your call. What else was the officer to do?

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

The red flag law is one thing I disagree with President Trump signing.

Bonneville Kid
Bonneville Kid

Another mentally ill leftist. she needs to be charged #1 and the officer needs to file a lawsuit #2. She called 911, but didn't think her son was serious? Really?

DNW
DNW

Do not call the police and then backtrack later, claiming it was not a serious threat. If YOU involve law enforcement, they need to do their job to ensure the threat is neutralized.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

This is why we need INSANE ASYLUMS! First of all, I don't believe that bitch is the mother of a 19 year old. She would have been 60 when she gave birth. Doesn't CO have laws against MERITLESS LAWSUITS?

Hi_estCommieDenom
Hi_estCommieDenom

Red flag laws are a joke, and in most cases a violation of our 2nd Amendment rights. The officer did everything right. This woman is trying to cash in and should be locked up

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

There should be a law against bad parenting. She raised this millennial fruit cake and then complains when he's killed while attempting to kill an officer. Bring back the mental institutions, they're desperately needed. Parents need to parent a child and not be their friends. Sick of hearing how it's everyone elses fault because you screwed up as a parent. We need to have a test for that also.

Suzielawyer
Suzielawyer

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Tomted
Tomted

Let her go into court and perjure herself, then arrest her for filing a false report and perjury. Take her directly to jail.

Schmidt.
Schmidt.

I am disappointed that the article didn't explain if the officer had his guns actually taken till the court date or not.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

“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.”

Really? Then why did she call 911? She should be locked up. Fuck’n ridiculous.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

If she was a BETTER MOTHER, her son would still be alive..and not STUPID.

Crazy Horse Archives
Crazy Horse Archives

Lady, I'm glad your kid's dead. He was a complete nut, but not as nutty as you are.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

13-14.5-11 (2)

A PERSON WHO FILES A MALICIOUS OR FALSE PETITION FOR TEMPORARY EXTREME RISK PROTECTION ORDER OR AN EXTREME RISK PROTECTION ORDER MAY BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION FOR THOSE ACTS.

Sgt167
Sgt167

Under the penalty of perjury, Susan claimed in the documents that she and Cpl. Morris have a child together and that the officer is her family member – a statements that are entirely false, according to KUSA.

Well I hope they charge her with perjury and put her in a psych hospital where she belongs.

lauraaz
lauraaz

Sue her for every $ she has.

Flipper184
Flipper184

I've never said that about my brother(Kill him)

lolamae
lolamae

Sounds like a messed up liberal. Why did she call the cops of she didn't take her son seriously? Sounds to me she had a bone to pick with the officer she shares a son with and won't talk about it. She is a nut case

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Wonder if the DA will charge her with perjury... I mean, unless the officer has a child with this woman that he doesn't know about....and was in a 4 year relationship with this woman that involved domestic violence before killer her son in response to her 911 call....

“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.” Maybe she's half black, and thinks she's eligible for a ghetto lottery check? I mean, she's clearly making up facts to support her case, fact that have no basis in reality based on what actually happened, at least based on the VIDEO EVIDENCE OF WHAT HAPPENED.... All she need is Al Sharpton to get involved.... oh wait, she's the wrong skin color for him to go support her.

Sargeincharge
Sargeincharge

Call the Maury show amd have them on there for a DNA swab. After she is proven false and a liar to support her agenda, lock her up for making false statements (perjury).

MSK
MSK

What a total psycho this woman is. Get help lady. A lot of help.

justhefactsmaam
justhefactsmaam

“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.”

Then why did she call 911?

She knew he was a threat. Cop or not, you go lunge at someone with a knife, while they're holding a gun.. I think there's a saying about that. A lot of people today seem to think that orders from a police officer are optional, or can be ignored if you disagree. 19 is old enough to know better.

GreenMarine50
GreenMarine50

She obviously knows the worst she could end up with is a misdemeanor conviction with one year in jail unless she has a pretty hefty criminal history and the state allows penalty enhancements. My immediate reply to her claiming she didn't take her son serious is she most definitely did. She called the police. That's the end of that part of the conversation.

What we're all observing here is the easily predictable manipulation of a poorly designed law.


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