Apr 18, 2010 9:45 PM by James Amos, Jeannette Hynes

Deputy-involved shooting in Custer County

Custer County Sheriff Fred Jobe tells News First 5 a deputy was involved in a deadly shooting Saturday night in Westcliffe.

Jobe says the call came in around 8:30 p.m. from a restaurant on Main Street saying Sixto Rodriguez had threatened people with a knife inside the restaurant and then was causing problems outside of the restaurant.   The deputy confronted the 57-year-old man as he was getting into his car.  Rodriguez left, and the deputy followed.

Shortly afterwards, both Rodriguez and the deputy got out of their cars.  Jobe says Rodriguez threatened the deputy with a knife.  The deputy repeatedly told Rodriguez to drop his knife or he would shoot. 

Jobe says Rodriguez then told the deputy, "You don't have the guts to do it."  The deputy continued to tell Rodriguez to drop his knife, but ended up firing his gun twice, killing Rodriguez.

That deputy is on paid administrative leave while the District Attorney's Office looks into the incident.  Jobe says he believes the shooting was justified.  Jobe is not releasing the name of the deputy, but he says the deputy is 55 years old and has been in law enforcement for more than 20 years.


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