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Video: Sheriff Releases Video of Deputies Shooting Former Colleague

The sheriff's department released video of the officer-involved shooting.

​Arapahoe County, CO – The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) has released video footage of the police-involved fatal shooting of a former member of their department.

The footage, which showed Mark Bidon reaching for a handgun that was on his lap as he sat in the driver’s seat of a car in front of the Sheriff’s department, supported the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office’s determination that the October shooting was justified.

The officers who shot Bidon, ACSO Deputies Buddy Gillespie and Matthew Schambow, have been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, according to KDVR.

Bidon, 50, was shot by an Arapahoe County deputy at 9:45 p.m. on Oct. 29, according to police.

The incident began about 10 minutes before the shooting, and was captured on security camera and two deputies’ bodycams.

Deputy Gillespie was exiting the parking lot of the sheriff’s department on duty when he observed a vehicle backed into the exit gate area. That vehicle had to move for Deputy Gillespie to exit.

After passing through the gate, the deputy stopped beside Bidon’s vehicle and asked if he could help him.

“I’m here for my orders,” Bidon told him.

Bidon had a loaded 9mm Glock pistol in his lap, and looked at deputies with a blank, vacant stare, according to the Denver Post.

On the video, Bidon followed Deputy Gillespie’s orders to keep his hands on the steering wheel at first.

“Don’t move one inch, I’m serious, ok?” Deputy Gillespie said.

Sergeant Bruce Walker arrived to assist, and immediately recognized Bidon from their police-academy training.

He described Bidon as having a “1,000-yard stare,” and later told investigators Bidon looked like he was going to hurt them or himself, according to Centennial Citizen .

On the video, Sgt. Walker can be seen reaching into the open car window to grab the gun.

Bidon dropped his right hand toward his lap, and a quick tussle began over the gun.

“Mark, what are you doing? Mark. Mark. Mark. Please,” Sgt. Walker said.

At the same time, Deputy Gillespie repeatedly screamed, “Don’t, don’t, don’t. don’t, don’t … don’t, don’t!”

Bidon refused to comply with orders, and Deputy Gillespie fired seven times.

Deputy Schambow approached Bidon’s vehicle from the passenger side as he began struggling with Deputy Walker. Deputy Schambow fired twice.

“Who is this guy?” one of the deputies can be heard asking on the video, as they opened Bidon’s passenger door after the shooting.

“Oh my God, he’s wearing a f**king police belt,” a deputy is heard saying.

CPR was unsuccessfully performed on Bidon, authorities said.

On the video, officers involved in the shooting appeared shaken upon learning the suspect they’d shot was former law enforcement.

“I’m sorry, dude,” Sgt. Walker said to another deputy.

“You worked with him and everything?” the other deputy asked.

“Yeah, he was going to shoot us,” Sgt. Walker said. “He was not going to let that gun go, dude.”

Sgt. Walker later said that he thought perhaps Bidon had suffered a mental breakdown.

Bidon served as a deputy for 10 years with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, and resigned in 2010. He was wearing a police duty belt at the time of the incident, despite having left the sheriff’s office years ago.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office said his toxicology showed no alcohol, controlled substances or “significant medications” in his system.

The sheriff’s office cleared all the deputies involved in the incident of any policy violations, and all three have returned to work, according to

You can see the video of the incident below:

GinnyReed - December Tue, 2017


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