BY PETER JONES
Two Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputies have been cleared of wrongdoing in a fatal-shooting incident that occurred in October in the department’s parking lot.
Deputies Buddy Gillespie and Matthew Schambow were justified in using deadly force against former Deputy Mark Bidon, according to an investigation by the District Attorneys’ Office.
“I find both officers reasonably believed that officers’ lives were in imminent danger,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Matt Maillaro wrote in his Nov. 8 report. “Moreover, I find, based on the law and the facts, that both officers were justified in their use of deadly force to defend themselves and others, both known and unknown.”
The incident occurred Oct. 29 at about 9:45 p.m. at the employee parking-lot entrance of the 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.
“Gillespie reported that Bidon had a blank look in his eyes and a neutral, flat expression. When he asked Bidon if he could help him, Bidon said, ‘Yeah, I’m here for my orders.’ Gillespie reported he believed he was dealing with someone who was having some type of mental episode,” the district attorney’s report said.
Recorded audio clearly shows Gillespie telling Bidon to not “move an inch.” A loaded semiautomatic weapon was on Bidon’s lap, the report said.
Two other deputies were soon called to the scene, including Schambow, and when Bidon turned the gun toward one of them, Gillespie and Schambow shot him.
CPR was administered at the scene unsuccessfully. No deputies were injured.
Bidon, 50, had been a deputy at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office from 2000 until his resignation in 2010. The county coroner’s office concluded Bidon died from multiple gunshot wounds. Alcohol and drugs were not found in his system.
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