Deputy Fires ‘One-in-a-Billion’ Shot Down Barrel of Suspect’s Gun

18th Judicial District Attorney's Office
18th Judicial District Attorney's Office

On July 13, Arapahoe County prosecutors released details on a January shooting in which a Colorado deputy opened fire during an attempted robbery and shot a bullet down the barrel of a suspect’s pistol.

The shot is considered “one-in-a-billion.”

According to the Aurora Sentinel, Deputy Jose Marquez was off duty and not in uniform when the incident occurred. He walked out of his girlfriend’s apartment “to grab something from his car.” On his way back inside, he was confronted by two men, one of whom, Jhalil Meshesha, pulled a gun and told Marquez to “give it up.”

Marquez was armed, as well, and an exchange of gunfire occurred.

One of Marquez’s bullets traveled down the barrel of Meshesha’s gun, “disabling” it.

In the letter released July 13, Arapahoe County Deputy District Attorney Rich Orman said, “Deputy Marquez reasonably believed that his life was in danger and acted reasonably in shooting Meshesha, and that he used an appropriate level of physical force. I further find that Deputy Marquez’s actions were justified and he did not violate Colorado law.”

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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