Denver sheriff’s deputy under investigation for pointing gun at man’s head
DENVER — A Denver sheriff’s deputy is under internal investigation after a witness says he pointed his gun at a man’s head.
It happened outside the busy 7-Eleven near Florida and Federal two weeks ago when from her parked car, Crystal Gallegos saw the man pointing the gun.
“I had my child in the back of the car and I just assumed it was a car-jacking and he was about to fire shots,” Gallegos said
She says the man pointing the gun approached without warning. Gallegos says the man ran up to someone sitting in his car and pointed a gun at his head.
“This guy out of nowhere comes out (pointing a gun) directly at (the victim’s) head telling him to get the (expletive) out of the car.”
She never imagined the man with the gun was an off-duty Denver sheriff’s deputy.
Sources tell Fox31 Denver the deputy is Truman Aumiller, who is now under internal investigation by the department to see if he violated any rules.
“If it was an undercover police officer, they sure didn’t go about it the right way. He didn’t announce himself or anything like that,” Gallegos said.
Those sources say Aumiller told his superiors he thought he saw a gun in the victim’s car which is why he pulled a service weapon. The sheriff’s department confirms the deputy is now the subject of an internal affairs investigation.
Gallegos says she had a conversation with the man after he asked her for the time and she never saw a weapon. She disputes the deputy’s story.
“I didn’t see a single badge. He didn’t dress like a cop, act like a cop or he didn’t announce himself as a cop. I assumed he was jacking this person and was ready to shoot him in the head. You need to announce to people who you are or that you have a badge because that scared me personally and I have my child in the back of the car.”
Fox31 Denver spoke with surrounding jurisdictions to check their policies on off duty officers and service weapons. Officers said if they are in imminent danger announcing their presence is not required.
The deputy frisked the man and searched him and then permitted him to leave without seizing evidence.