What started as a Douglas County Deputy checking on what appeared to be a stranded motorist turned into a suspect being shot after attacking that deputy with a rifle.
The incident occurred last week near Douglas County and Littleton in Colorado.
“As he [the deputy] 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.
“He was essentially attacked and felt his life was in danger and responded the way he was trained to do,” said Cooper.
The suspect has been identified as 25-year-old Deyon Marcus Rivas-Maestas and the deputy as Brad Proulx, according to FOX 31 Denver.
“It certainly could have cost the deputy his life,” Littleton police Cmdr. Trent Cooper said after the shooting. “You know, it just goes to show how unpredictable, how the situations are where this deputy thought he was making a courtesy traffic stop and helping a motorist in need and a short time later, he’s involved in an officer-involved shooting.”