Former deputy fatally shot outside Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office headquarters

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ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — A man who was fatally shot by an Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office deputy outside of the headquarters was identified as a former deputy with the force, the sheriff’s office said Monday.

Mark Bidon, 50, was shot by an Arapahoe County Deputy at 9:45 p.m. Sunday. Bidon was a deputy at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office from 2000 to 2010, when he resigned.

According to the sheriff’s office, an on-duty deputy exiting the parking lot observed a vehicle backed into the exit gate area.

The deputy contacted the driver and observed that he had a gun. Two other deputies arrived almost immediately.

When Bidon turned the gun toward one of them, deputies discharged their weapons to stop the threat, the sheriff’s office said.

CPR was administered without success. No deputies were injured.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office said an autopsy found Bidon suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and left arm. His death has been classified as a homicide.

“This is a difficult day for our entire agency,” Sheriff Dave Walcher said. “Not only are we needing to support our deputies who have been involved in this critical incident, we also want to provide support to those employees who previously worked with the suspect and may be affected by these events.”

The deputies involved have been placed on routine administrative leave or temporarily assigned to other duties pending the outcome of an administrative review of the incident.

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