Douglas County, CO - Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Brad Proulx was attacked during a traffic stop, but reacted as trained, maintained his composure, and shot his attacker. Body cam video footage of the incident was released by the DCSO on Wednesday, (see the video below.)
According to The New York Daily News, the incident occurred on Friday, May 12, at about 6:45 p.m. near County Line Road in the city of Littleton. Deputy Proulx stopped to help the driver of an SUV that appeared to need assistance.
In the video, Deputy Proulx can be seen walking around the right side of the SUV, looking inside the vehicle, and then turning around and walking toward the rear of the vehicle. As he gets to the back of the SUV and starts to walk behind it to the other side, the driver gets out of the vehicle, armed with a rifle.
Commander Trent Cooper of the Littleton Police Department said that the driver, later identified as Deyon Marcus Rivas-Maestas, age 25, confronted Deputy Proulx, with the rifle in his hands. The Deputy reacted quickly, and leaped away, while drawing his firearm, and shooting Rivas-Maestas.
“He was essentially attacked and felt his life was in danger and responded the way he was trained to do." Commander Cooper said, “It certainly could have cost the deputy his life. 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.”
Rivas-Maestas was struck once in the arm, had surgery, and has since been discharged. He is now in custody at the Douglas County Detention Center under $50,000 bond. He is facing a charge of first-degree assault.
The Littleton Police Department is assisting the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in the investigation.