LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4) Authorities released officer body camera footage on Wednesday of a suspect who was shot by a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy.
“Any officer that hears ‘Shots fired, shots fired,’ it’s not what you want to hear across your radio,” said Douglas County Deputy Steve Johnson. “The body camera definitely shows what the deputy encounters.”
Last Friday evening a Douglas County deputy, 6-year veteran Brad Proulx, saw what appeared to be a stranded motorist in a white GMC SUV near County Line Road and Santa Fe Drive. He got out of his cruiser to help.
“As he approached the vehicle, the occupant of the vehicle got out of the vehicle with a rifle and confronted the deputy,” said Cmdr. Trent Cooper with the Littleton Police Department.
Cooper says the weapon was a military style semi-automatic rifle. The deputy gave verbal commands to drop the weapon, which were ignored. Fearing for his life the officer fired, striking the suspect in the arm.
“He was essentially attacked and felt his life was in danger and responded the way he was trained to do,” said Cooper.
The suspect, identified as Deyon Marcus Rivas-Maestas, 26, was shot once in the arm. He was released from the hospital Wednesday, and booked into the Douglas County jail for first-degree assault of a peace officer. His bond is set at $50,000.
“This is what deputies and police officers can encounter every single day, and in this case, when they think that they’re stopping to help a motorist get their vehicle running again and get on their way,” Johnson said.
Proulx is on paid administrative leave as the 18th Judicial Critical Incident Team reviews the use of force.
Criminal records indicate Rivas-Maestas has two prior misdemeanor charges. His rifle was not loaded during the officer-involved shooting.
The deputy is on administrative leave during the investigation.
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