DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. – A Douglas County deputy was involved in a shooting last Friday. The department released the body cam footage just days later. The deputy tried to help a stranded driver, and in seconds, it turned into a shooting.
Deyon Marcus Rivas-Maestas, 25, was identified as the man that had his vehicle pulled over along Santé Fe Road on Friday, reported KKTV.
Deputy Brad Proulx stopped behind the vehicle because it appeared Rivas-Maestas needed assistance. The body cam footage clearly shows Rivas-Maestas get out of the SUV with a rifle in hand. The moment Deputy Proulx saw the gun he jumped back and fired shots at Rivas-Maestas.
“The result of this shooting is a testament to the training each of our deputies are provided,” Sheriff Tony Spurlock said, “This just shows how necessary it is for deputies to be able to make split-second decisions, not only for their own protection but for the protection of the community.”
Rivas-Maestas survived the shooting. He was treated at a local hospital and booked at the Douglas County Detention Center. He is being held on a $50,000 bond. The Littleton Police Department is assisting with the investigation.
El Paso County Sheriff’s Office provided a response to KKTV when asked for their reaction to the video.
“Traffic stops are probably one of the most dangerous things our law enforcement officers do,” said El Paso County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jackie Kirby. “He was just on routine patrol and wanted to assist a motorist . . . and then it elevated very very quickly.”
The deputy is uninjured and going through normal protocol during an OIS.
“What’s not captured is that threat, that emotion, that adrenaline that that deputy is feeling,” added Kirby.
WARNING officer involved shooting may be disturbing to some viewers:
As many of you already know, Deputy Proulx was involved in a shooting last Friday, May 12th, at approximately 6:45 p.m. in the area of County Line Rd. and Santa Fe in the City of Littleton. A press conference was held this afternoon to release this recording of the deputy’s body camera footage and provide an update on the criminal investigation which is being completed by Littleton Police Department. Chief Stephens of the Littleton Police Department has identified the suspect as 25-year-old Deyon Marcus Rivas-Maestas. “The result of this shooting is a testament to the training each of our deputies are provided,” Sheriff Tony Spurlock said, “This just shows how necessary it is for deputies to be able to make split-second decisions, not only for their own protection but for the protection of the community.” The suspect has been released from the hospital and is currently in our custody at the Douglas County Detentions Center and is being held 0n a $50k bond. Any questions regarding the investigation of this case will be referred to Littleton Police Department.
Posted by Douglas County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, May 17, 2017
(Feature image screenshot from Douglas County Sheriff’s Facebook video)