- The Washington Times - Friday, July 15, 2016

An investigation into a January shooting in Colorado has revealed that an off-duty sheriff’s deputy stopped a robbery with a “one in a billion” shot.

Jose Marquez of Jefferson County was at an Aurora apartment complex on January 26 when he exchanged gunfire with two robbery suspects. Mr. Marquez was wounded in the chest and abdomen during the confrontation, but ended one threat by sending a bullet down the barrel of his attacker’s gun.

“Deputy Marquez reasonably believed that his life was in danger and acted reasonably in shooting [suspect Jhalil] Meshesha, and that he used an appropriate level of physical force,” Arapahoe County Deputy District Attorney Rich Orman wrote in a letter to Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader and Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz, a local Fox affiliate reported Thursday. “I further find that Deputy Marquez’s actions were justified and he did not violate Colorado law.”

A second suspect remains at large.

Mr. Orman’s letter included the reaction of Detective Matt Ingui to evidence at the scene, which he called a “one in a billion thing.”

“It was determined that one of the shots that Deputy Marquez fired from his .45 caliber handgun actually hit Meshesha’s .40 caliber handgun and traveled down the barrel, colliding with a cartridge that was in the chamber of the gun,” the prosecutor wrote.

“I know this deputy personally. [He has] a wonderful attitude, very engaging, very popular with other people — and a hard worker,” Sheriff Jeff Shrader told the station in January.

Mr. Marquez has not yet returned to duty.

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