A Colorado deputy who was involved in a shootout in Jefferson County made a shot that can only be described as “one in a billion.”
According to the Denver Post, Deputy Jose Ramon Marquez was off duty and visiting his girlfriend when he was ambushed by two masked men in black on January 26th of this year, an incident in which he was only cleared of this Wednesday.
During the shootout, Marquez was left seriously wounded but hit one suspect in the leg and disabled the second suspect’s Springfield XD-40- by miraculously driving a round right into his opponent’s barrel, rendering it inoperable.
Investigators say the 10-year department veteran was shot twice in the abdomen, damaging his colon, intestines, ribs and liver. In addition, he was shot in the shoulder.
Investigators have not determined whether the assault was a hit on Marquez’s life or an attempted robbery, as Marquez did not identify himself as law enforcement.
One suspect -aged 17- has been charged with eight crimes in connection with the incident, including attempted murder, felony menacing and assault.
The teenage suspect was hit in the leg and found by Aurora police after he called 911, reporting he had been shot. Investigators found a gun nearby that matched the ammunition used to engage Marquez, as well as black gloves. In a vehicle connected to the teen, a black facemask was found.
The second suspect remains at large.
According to JCSO spokesman Mark Techmeyer, Marquez is still recovering from his wounds and has yet to return to duty.
“We’re still hopeful for a full recovery,” he said.
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