Dramatic body camera video shows Colorado deputy shoot armed man
By Brian Seay
Authorities in Colorado released body camera footage Wednesday showing a deputy’s split second reaction to a man coming at him with a rifle.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Proulx pulled over to help the driver of a white SUV stopped on the side of the road in Littleton last Friday evening when 25-year-old Deyon Marcus Rivas-Maestas suddenly appeared with a semi-automatic rifle. In an instant, Proulx drew his service weapon and fired two rounds at Rivas-Maestas, hitting him once in the arm.
“This incident occurred very, very quickly,” said Douglas County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steven Johnson at a press conference Wednesday.
Proulx, a six-year veteran of the department, radioed for backup as Rivas-Maestas ran to the front of the SUV. The deputy, who’d fallen on his back during the encounter, got up and took a few steps toward Rivas-Maestas, who was hunched over a few dozen feet away.
“Get on the ground! Get on the ground! Get on the Ground! Don’t move,” yelled Proulx.
“He would not show his hands. There were repeated commands to show his hands,” said Johnson.
Four minutes after the encounter began, backup arrived, and Rivas-Maestas was taken into custody. He needed surgery for the gunshot wound to his arm, and spent