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Pueblo deputy-involved shooting ruled justified

Published: Aug. 27, 2020 at 2:14 PM MDT
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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - The shooting of a 20-year-old Pueblo man earlier this year has been ruled justified.

The shooting happened in mid-March after a deputy encountered a carjacking suspect in an alleyway. According to the district attorney’s office, which made the ruling in the case, the suspect had fled the area after the reported carjacking and law enforcement was searching for him based on the description given by the victim and from surveillance. The deputy who found the suspect reported that as soon as the suspect realized he’d been located, he started running towards law enforcement and refused to show his hands when ordered to.

The DA’s report listed the following sequence of events. The deputy who fired the gun has been identified as Deputy Jeffrey Alfonso and the suspect as Jesse Cedillo. Deputies were called to an attempted kidnapping and carjacking at Pueblo Youth Services Center (1406 W. 17th St). She told them she was scraping ice off the windshield of her red 2016 Nissan Versa and was checking emails when a man came to her car with a gun.

District attorney Jeff Chostner told 11 news, “I think it’s important for the public to note the genesis of this incident begin with an on unsuccessful kidnapping at the Pueblo Youth Organization and a successful car jacking. The attended car jacking and the kidnapping were both done at gun point. When the kidnapping was unsuccessful, Mr. Cedillo got in her car and left with it. That pursuit ultimately led to the site of a vehicle crashed in an alleyway and then a foot pursuit of Mr. Cedillo through the neighborhoods.”

A little bit later, Pueblo Sheriff’s Deputy Jeffrey Alfonso, saw the vehicle crashed in an alley near Pitkin and Quincy Avenues. Deputy Alfonso says Cedillo was running through the alley toward Quincy street. Deputy Alfonso said Cedillo was seen jumping fences. Cedillo hid under a truck in the 300 block of Quincy Street.

Deputy Alfonso saw Cedillo get up and run towards officers with a gun in his hands and was not responding to commands to show his hands. The deputy fired 15 shots, 5 of them hitting Cedillo, killing him at the scene.

Chostner says incidents like these are unfortunate, but he believes he made the right decision. “This is a tragic situation and it’s an unfortunate situation for the Cedillo family I understand their frustration and their concerns….Based on the evidence and case law and Supreme Court ruling I believe I came to a just and final answer on this”.

Since the shooting was ruled justified the deputy involved will not face any criminal charges.

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