Bodycam footage has been released showing the moment a man got out of his car holding an assault rifle during a traffic stop in Colorado and was shot by a sheriff’s deputy.
Deputy Brad Proux, a six-year veteran, had stopped to check on a white GMC Yukon parked on the side of the road last weekend. As he approached the SUV, the driver stepped out with the firearm.
Unaware that the gun was not loaded and in fear of his life, Proux fired two shots in quick succession, one of which hit Deyon Marcus Rivas-Maestas in the arm. The quick-thinking cop then held the 25-year-old at gunpoint for another four minutes until backup officers arrived.
Rivas-Maestas underwent surgery as a result of the gunshot wound and was subsequently charged with first-degree assault of a peace officer. He was booked into the Douglas County Jail on Wednesday after being released from the hospital.
“This incident occurred very, very quickly,” Douglas County sheriff’s chief deputy Steven Johnson told The Denver Post. “It’s nothing more than amazing that he [Proux] was able to defend himself.”
Proux, who has been widely praised for his cool response to the rifle-wielding man, was placed on administrative leave as is usual in cases of officer-involved shootings but has requested to return to work. There are no indications that he acted improperly during the incident.
- Report from The Denver Post
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