BY PETER JONES
A fatal shooting involving several Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputies and a now-deceased former deputy has prompted an external investigation by the 18th Judicial District Critical Response Team and the removal of all involved current personnel from their regular duties.
The incident occurred Oct. 29 at about 9:45 p.m. at the employee parking-lot entrance of the county sheriff’s headquarters. When an on-duty deputy saw a vehicle backing into the exit-gate area, the deputy contacted the driver and noticed he had a gun, according to an announcement by the sheriff’s office. Two other deputies arrived almost immediately, and when the man turned the gun toward one of them, deputies shot him.
CPR was administered at the scene unsuccessfully. No deputies were injured.
The deceased has been identified as 50-year-old Mark Bidon, a deputy at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office from 2000 to 2010, the year he resigned. The county coroner’s office concluded this week in an autopsy that Bidon died from multiple gunshot wounds. His death was classified as a homicide.
“This is a difficult day for our entire agency,” Sheriff Dave Walcher said in a statement. “Not only are we needing to support our deputies who have been involved in this critical incident, we also want to provide support to those employees who previously worked with the suspect and may be affected by these events.”
In accordance with sheriff’s policy, the deputies involved were placed on administrative leave or temporarily assigned to other duties pending the outcome of an administrative review.
“Due to the ongoing nature of the case, there will be no additional information available at this time and there will be no interviews with our staff,” the sheriff’s office said in its press announcement.
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