Sep 29, 2010 7:20 PM by David Ortiviz

Canon City cop pleads guilty to weapon's charge

In Canon City, an off-duty police officer pulls his gun on a couple after a road rage incident. Now the cop is in trouble with the law.

Officer William Martinez was allegedly tail-gating the couple in his personal car. The incident happened on Oak Creek Grade Rd. on June 18.

Paul and Connie Higgs say Martinez eventually passed them up, blocked their SUV and aimed his gun at them. "He pulled it up and cocked it walking towards us, and we were just awestruck that this was happening," said Connie Higgs.

The Higgs say Martinez was wearing a T-shirt with word "police" on the sleeve. However the Higgs claim they asked Martinez who he was several times, before he told them he was a cop. "He should have stopped and said hey wait, put his gun down, here's my badge, I'm a police officer, let's talk--and he didn't do that," said Higgs.

In court Wednesday, Martinez pleaded guilty to prohibited use of a weapon and careless driving. Under a plea deal, he could be sentenced with up to two years probation--but no jail time. Also, a felony charge of menacing was dropped by the Fremont County District Attorney's office in exchange for the guilty pleas on the two lesser charges.

Martinez will be sentenced in November.

"It's scary. It a scary thought that that's who's out on the streets as a police officer for Canon City and I believe he's a liability for the Canon City Police Department," said Higgs.

Paul Higgs was also charged with careless driving.


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