Deputy fires ‘1 in a billion’ shot into suspect’s gun barrel

This photo made available on July 14, 2016 by the Aurora Police Department, shows a close-up of an off-duty sheriff's deputy's bullet lodged inside the barrel of an assailant's gun, which investigators say was pointed at the deputy before the deputy fired at him, in Aurora, Colo. Investigators say Arapahoe County Deputy Jose Marquez fired a bullet straight down the barrel of the suspect's gun, a shot they called "one in a billion." The detail emerged in a letter from prosecutors announcing that Marquez was justified in shooting the attempted-robbery suspect, who survived. Marquez also was wounded in the January shooting and is still recovering. (Aurora Police Department via AP)

AURORA, CO (AP) — Investigators say an off-duty Colorado sheriff’s deputy fired a bullet straight down the barrel of a suspect’s gun, a shot they called “one in a billion.”

The detail emerged in a letter from prosecutors Wednesday announcing that Arapahoe County Deputy Jose Marquez was justified in shooting the attempted-robbery suspect, who survived. Marquez also was wounded in the January shooting and is still recovering.

The Aurora Sentinel newspaper in suburban Denver reports that Marquez was visiting his girlfriend’s apartment when two suspects approached him in the parking lot with their guns drawn.

The off-duty deputy told investigators that one suspect told him to “give it up.”

Marquez says the suspects fired first and he shot back. One was wounded in the leg and arrested, and the other got away.

“Deputy Marquez reasonably believed that his life was in danger and acted reasonably in shooting Meshesha, and that he used an appropriate level of physical force. I further find that Deputy Marquez’s actions were justified and he did not violate Colorado law,” said Arapahoe County Deputy District Attorney Rich Orman, who ruled the deputy acted appropriately.

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