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Pueblo Sheriff’s Office identify Deputy that shot and killed Jesse Cedillo, family continue call for transparency

Jesse Cedillo
Jesse Cedillo
Deputy Jeff Alfonso
Deputy Jeff Alfonso
Jaelyn Cedillo and Cedillo Family Attorney Sean Simeson
Jaelyn Cedillo and Cedillo Family Attorney Sean Simeson

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- It’s been more than three months since a Pueblo County Deputy shot and killed 20-year-old Jesse Cedillo after a reported carjacking. Thursday, the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office confirmed Deputy Jeff Alfonso was the lone gunman that shot and killed Cedillo while in pursuit.

It started on the morning of March 14th in the Mesa Junction neighborhood of Pueblo. The Pueblo County Sheriff's office says they were pursuing Cedillo after an armed carjacking. During the pursuit, it was aired by a deputy that the suspect was armed.

Cellphone video captured by a neighbor shows Deputy Alfonso firing several shots at Cedillo while he is running through the yard of a home on Orman Avenue.

Today, questions on whether or not the shooting and killing were justified remain.

Earlier this month, District Attorney Jeff Chostner said there is video clearly showing a gun in Jesse Cedillo’s hand. However, the DA doesn't identify what video he is referring to.

Family of Jesse Cedillo say they are skeptical.

Jaelyn Cedillo, Jesse’s older sister, says she was shown the footage from the body camera worn by Deputy Alfonso when he opened fire. Cedillo along with her family were shown the body camera video earlier this month by Chostner.

“The Officer proceeds to tell him come out with your hands up where I can see them," said Cedillo's sister. "My brother was in a crouched position and he came up with his hands up. As soon as he showed himself the officer immediately shot and my brother ran to save himself. That’s exactly what I watched. No gun in his hands.”

District Attorney Jeff Chostner would not release the body camera video to KRDO.

However, Pueblo County's District Attorney did release a statement.

"I understand the family's desire to receive a decision quickly, but there are several issues in play.  I am also in consultation with other law enforcement agencies and individuals to clarify some evidentiary issues. Our timeline on this case is consistent with other investigations.  I have no further comment on the state of the evidence until I make a determination.  I want to move on this as quickly as I can to alleviate concerns of the family, but arrive at a decision that is consistent with the evidence and law," Chostner's office said.

Jaelyn Cedillo and Cedillo Family Attorney Sean Simeson

The Cedillo family attorneys also spoke with KRDO on Thursday.

“Do your job and make a decision about charging the officer involved in the incident,” said Sean Simeson, one of the Cedillo Family attorneys.

Simeson believes the DA is stalling until the current political climate between law enforcement and communities across America cools off.

“To continue to assert that he did have a gun, then they should release the video because that would prove it once and for all," said Simeson. "So the fact they don’t show it shows they don’t have that evidence and it’s not going to show Mr. Cedillo had a gun.”

As for the Cedillo family, they say their goal isn't to receive any sort of financial payout from the county, but to hold Deputy Alfonso and the Sheriff's Office accountable in this case and in the future.

"We are afraid they are going to keep throwing this under the rug so light is not shed on the case," said Jaelyn Cedillo. "But we are not going to give up."

Local News / Pueblo

Dan Beedie

Dan is a bureau reporter based out of Pueblo. Learn more about Dan here.

Comments

14 Comments

  1. Stop running from the cops, resisting arrest and giving massive f@cking attitude and you won’t get shot. Also-don’t be a criminal – that helps losers not get shot as well

    1. Running or giving an attitude to cops os not a reason to be killed. These cops that shot so quick are scared cowards. Who were they protecting and serving when they shot an unarmed person? The cop was scared and shot. He should be fired! Defund the police and put the money into schools and in the community. Cops are the worst gang on the streets. The are the only ppl I fear.

    2. Police in Colorado should need a collage degree to be hired. Without one the are really only qualified to work in fast food or general labor. They should not be hired to hold such meaningful positions in the community with such minimal education. Just think about it. Would you trust ypur local bag boy to carry a gun and police you? I think not. Stupid ppl make stupid choices. They carry to much power to not require a collage education.

  2. The body cam footage needs to be released if there is a difference of how the story is being told…..either there was a gun or there wasn’t…..the footage apparently shows the later.

    1. If the carjacking victim reported he was armed and he made a sudden move, that would be enough to get him shot. No gun necessary. He has to assume bullets will be coming his way.

    1. They showed a pic of Criminal. He shot an unarmed person. Cops are the ones escalating small crimes ( property crimes) into violent confrontations. Disarm and defund the police. Put our tax money into education. Not jails and new toys for cops to kill ppl of color they fear bc they are to ignorant to see them as ppl. No one is above the law. Eye for an eye. Not ill shot you if you dont do what I say

  3. Way to slant the story to be more than it really is Dan Beedie. “Lone gunman” gives the impression that the officer did something wrong, even though the DA has said he has video showing that the armed robbery suspect clearly has a gun in his hand. Sounds like you are trying to stir the pot. Irresponsible reporting at its best. Sounds like Mr. Beedie has been reading to many of the embellished CNN stories KRDO is infamous for posting.

    1. I caught that also. They just jump on the train of the new social agenda. So hating police is popular they will skew things that direction and support it.

    2. KRDO is definitely stirring the pot! I have never seen more slanted, incendiary reporting in my life. I only come here to point out what the mainstream media is doing and to have proof. They should be held accountable for any officer hurt in this state because they are TRYING to get cops killed with this kind of reporting. That much is obvious. I used to watch/read KRDO but never again- not for anything serious or to help me learn anything. They are liars and over-dramatize to get noticed. They are terrible.

    3. If you have ever met any of these reporters they have a slanted agenda. I have met a few and they are not what they seem, and their reporting skills show their actual agenda… Wolf in Sheep clothing.

  4. They showed a pic of Criminal. He shot an unarmed person. Cops are the ones escalating small crimes ( property crimes) into violent confrontations. Disarm and defund the police. Put our tax money into education. Not jails and new toys for cops to kill ppl of color they fear bc they are to ignorant to see them as ppl. No one is above the law. Eye for an eye. Not ill shot you if you dont do what I say

  5. We are all inoccent till proven guilty in a court of law. When the cops shot unarmed ppl and kill the the rob them of that right. If the body cam showed a gun the police would release it. But the deley just shows they are tring to get they stories straight to protect their own. Sounds like a gang to me. Disarm and defund!

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