DENVER — Colorado sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a former deputy outside the agency’s headquarters after he pointed a gun toward them, officials said Monday.

Former Deputy Mark Bidon parked in front of the exit to the employee parking lot Sunday night, according to a statement released by the Arapahoe County sheriff’s office.

A deputy noticed Bidon parked there, went to speak with him and saw he had a gun. Two other deputies arrived “almost immediately,” and Bidon turned the gun toward them, authorities said.

“When the man turned the gun toward one of them, deputies discharged their weapons to stop the threat,” the sheriff’s statement said. “CPR was administered at the scene, without success.”

Bidon received “multiple gunshot wounds” to his left arm and chest, Arapahoe County Coroner Kelly Lear said. Lear classified his death as a homicide.

Bidon, 50, was an Arapahoe County deputy from 2000 until he resigned in 2010, according to the statement.

It’s not clear if any of the deputies who opened fire worked with Bidon or why he resigned in 2010. The names of the deputies were not released.

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Julie Brooks said she could not respond to those questions.

“This is a difficult day for our entire agency,” Sheriff Dave Walcher said in a written statement. “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 statement says the deputies involved are on administrative leave or assigned to other duties while the shooting is reviewed. Arapahoe County is in the 18th Judicial District, which uses a critical response team to review shootings by law enforcement officers.

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