first published on March 12, 2017 by Will
Police-worn body camera footage out of Littleton, Colo. shows the tense seconds in which a suspect assaults an officer and gets shot.
Douglas County sheriff’s deputy Brad Proulx, a six-year veteran of the police force, saw what he thought was a stranded motorist parked on the side of the highway, so he pulled up to help.
He got out of his patrol car and approached the SUV from the passenger side. Looking in the window, he could see the driver facing the opposite direction, so he walked back around the vehicle.
Just as he came around the rear of the vehicle, the driver of the SUV, Deyon Marcus Rivas-Maestas, 26, jumps out of the vehicle and runs toward the officer, rifle in hand. The officer immediately attempts to tell the suspect to drop the weapon as he draws his own.
The officer fires just as the suspect throws his weapon at the officer. The officer falls back to create distance between himself and the attacker. The suspect is shot once in the arm and retreated to the front of his vehicle where he sat down and repeatedly ignored commands.
The rifle Rivas-Maestas threw turned out to be unloaded. It’s unclear if he was trying to get it loaded or if he was just incredibly stupid that he would attempt to violently confront an officer while holding a rifle. He was charged with first-degree assault of a peace officer. According to reports, Rivas-Maestas had two prior misdemeanors.