JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colorado — A man who called 911 to report that he was being followed confronted a deputy who arrived to assist him with a knife, resulting in that deputy discharging his weapon at the man, according to a spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).
Just before midnight, JCSO dispatch received a call from a man who was concerned that someone was following them, JCSO spokesperson Jacki Kelley said.
She said the caller, later identified as 30-year-old Mark Madera, had pulled into a parking lot at 8055 W. Bowles Ave. A few minutes later the first deputy arrived on scene and contacted the Madera, according to JCSO.
During a conversation with the deputy, Madera began acting suspiciously and making erratic comments, JCSO said. Madera then attacked the deputy, according to the sheriff's office.
The deputy pushed Madera away, according to JCSO. That is when Madera took out a knife, the sheriff's office said.
Madera was shot multiple times, according to Kelley, but continued to "violently fight" with the deputy before he was taken into custody. The suspect was transported to the hospital where he is in critical condition, JCSO said.
The deputy involved was not injured, Kelley said.
The critical incident response response team is investigating the incident.
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