A fired Arapahoe County, Colorado sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot by a deputy outside the sheriff’s office’s headquarters after pointing a gun at the officers Sunday night.
Deputies confirmed the shooting took place at a parking lot employee entrance on East Broncos Parkway around 9:45 p.m, reported Denver7.
An on-duty deputy saw a vehicle backed into the headquarters’ exit gate, and the deputy made contact with the driver while investigating the suspicious vehicle.
The sheriff’s office says the man inside the vehicle had a gun, and pointed at the deputy and two others who quickly arrived to the scene.
One of the deputies fired their weapon at the man, striking him multiple times. Deputies performed CPR on the man, but they were unsuccessful.
The fatally shot man was identified as Mark Bidon, 50, a former Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputy who worked for the department from 2000-2010.
The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office said Bidon died of “multiple gunshot wounds of his trunk and left arm.”
“This is a difficult day for our entire agency,” said Sheriff Dave Walcher. “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.”
Bidon sued the Sheriff’s Office in March of 2015 after he was unable to find another job after being fired, according to Denver7:
The lawsuit states that in May of 2010, Bidon became the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation.
His employment was terminated a month later.
According to the lawsuit, Bidon negotiated an agreement in which the Sheriff’s Office agreed to not criticize, denigrate, blacklist, or otherwise disparage Bidon in his effort to successfully seek and obtain employment with other law enforcement agencies.
The lawsuit alleged that the Human Resources Department at the Sheriff’s Office used the confidential information to “blacklist” Bidon.
He had apparently applied for 75 positions at other law enforcement agencies, but was not hired.
The lawsuit was settled before it went to trial.
Neighbors said that Bidon had been working as a security guard at a local supermarket.
The deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, or temporarily assigned to other duties pending the outcome of an administrative review of the incident, per department policy.
(Article By James Carter)