Published: May 3, 2013
A Colorado Springs police officer arrested on suspicion of theft and forgery last month had a 30-year career that was filled with commendations and stellar job performance reviews, according to his personnel file.
James 'Angelo' Butierres, who joined the force in February 1983, was also honored at the department's 27th Annual Medal of Valor Luncheon in November 2012.
Butierres was one of three Colorado Springs police officers given the Distinguished Service Award at the event. Butierres earned it for his participation in a Feb. 28, 2012 standoff at Urological Associates on Printers Parkway in central Colorado Springs.
During the standoff, a man took several people hostage and four women hid in the building. Police were able to save the hostages and shoot the gunman, who later died from his wounds at Memorial Hospital Central.
A letter from police Cmdr. Brian Grady announcing the award said Butierres 'immediately confronted an armed gunman ... preventing the suspect from finding innocent people hiding in a file room just feet away from him. '
Butierres also received several performance reviews that ranked him as 'superior ' in almost every aspect of his job, according to documents obtained by The Gazette under Colorado's Open Records Act. The file had letters of thanks from many organizations around the Colorado Springs area, including the 4th Judicial District Attorney's office.
He achieved the rank of sergeant in April 2004.
Butierres was placed on administrative leave on April 25 after his arrest. Court documents showed that the sergeant admitted on April 23 that he had 'submitted time worked for hours that he had not actually worked. '
The court records say that Butierres falsely logged almost $2,500 worth of working hours and grant-funded hours. A GPS tracker in his work vehicle showed segments of several hours when the vehicle it didn't move and was sometimes parked in Butierres' driveway, court papers said.
The accusations are being investigated by the DA's office.
Butierres has been on paid administrative leave since April 25. He was provided an attorney by the Police Protective Association and had an advisement hearing Wednesday. His next appearance in 4th Judicial District Court is scheduled for May 9.