Former cop was legally drunk when he fatally shot teen in 'careless driving' dispute
Adam Holen

A former police officer was legally drunk — with a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit — when he fatally shot a 17-year-old after accusing the victim and his friends of "careless driving," authorities say.

Adam Holen, 36, was charged this week with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Peyton Blitstein on Nov. 24 in Aurora, Colo., in an incident that was captured on a doorbell camera.

Holen, who had resigned as a police officer in Greenwood Village, Colo., on Nov. 1, is also charged with felony menacing, prohibited use of a weapon while drunk, and two violent crime sentence enhancers, Denver's Channel 9 reports.

Holen allegedly shot Blitstein four times after following the victim and his friends to one of their homes.

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"In a police interview, Holen said there were ongoing issues with this particular vehicle, a red Toyota Scion, speeding through his neighborhood," the station reports. "He told police on the night of Nov. 24, he had been visiting his mother's house and was driving home when the Scion 'nearly crashed into him' and cut him off on Gun Club Road. He said he followed the car and heard its tires screeching as it pulled into a neighborhood, the affidavit says. The car eventually stopped in front of a home on South Addison Way, which is the same street where Holen lives."

Holen told police he pulled up next to the car in his pickup truck and told the teens to stop speeding. In interviews with police, the teens denied that they had been speeding.

"Investigators said they believe Holen was the primary aggressor because he initiated contact with the teens and as things became more heated, he chose to stay and continue the confrontation rather than driving away or returning home, the affidavit says," according to the station.

Holen allegedly pointed his gun at one of the teens while still in his truck.

"That teen told Blitstein that Holen had a weapon, according to the affidavit, which prompted Blitstein to get out of the car with his gun," the station reports.

Blitstein allegedly fired his gun first, but only after Holen got out of his truck and advanced toward the teen. Holer was treated and released after being shot once in the hip.

"Hours later at the hospital Holen's blood alcohol content was .193, the affidavit says. In Colorado, a level of .08 is considered legally intoxicated," according to the station.

Watch the report as well as the doorbell camera footage below.




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