Man sentenced for attacking a Colorado deputy with an AR-15

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - Body camera footage captured the moment a Denver man attacked a Colorado deputy with an assault rifle, that man was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Tuesday.

Deyon Rivas-Maestas, 26, pleaded guilty Feb. 5 to first-degree assault — threatening a peace officer with a weapon, a Class 3 felony.

“It is important for the officers, for the community, for the state to know that actions such as these cannot be tolerated,” Douglas County District Judge Shay Whitaker said in a release. “It is important to this court to let the people of the community know that their officers need to be safe, and the officers need to know these situations will be taken seriously.”

On May 12, 2017, a deputy on patrol saw a disabled vehicle on the eastbound side of East County Line Road in Douglas County. The deputy parked behind the Yukon. He spoke to a passerby who had stopped to help but left after speaking to the deputy. Two women who were there were picked up by another driver and left the scene.

Body camera footage shows the dramatic moment the deputy tried offering assistance and the man inside came at him with a rifle. The deputy fired his weapon and hit the man, identified as Rivas-Maestas, in the upper arm.

The deputy, who was not injured, called for help and covered Rivas-Maestas until other deputies arrived.

The District Attorney’s Office determined the deputy’s actions were legally justified.