Deputy fires '1 in a billion' shot into suspect's gun barrel

AURORA — Investigators say an off-duty Colorado sheriff's deputy fired a bullet straight down the barrel of a suspect's gun, a shot they called "one in a billion."

The detail emerged in a letter from prosecutors Wednesday announcing that Arapahoe County Deputy Jose Marquez was justified in shooting the attempted-robbery suspect, who survived. Marquez also was wounded in the January shooting and is still recovering.

The Aurora Sentinel newspaper in suburban Denver reports that Marquez was visiting his girlfriend's apartment when two suspects approached him in the parking lot with their guns drawn.

The off-duty deputy told investigators that one suspect told him to "give it up."

Marquez says the suspects fired first and he shot back. One was wounded in the leg and arrested, and the other got away.

91-year-old in trouble over avant-garde crossword

BERLIN — A 91-year-old woman is in trouble with a German museum after taking an art work depicting part of a crossword too literally.

"Reading-work-piece," from 1965, was created by avant-garde artist Arthur Koepcke. It features the phrase "Insert Words" and was displayed at Nuremberg's Neues Museum.

Museum spokesman Eva Martin on Thursday confirmed local media reports that the woman filled in blank spaces with a ballpoint pen, news agency dpa reported. She was visiting Wednesday with a group of senior citizens.


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Martin said museum officials believe the work can be restored. Museum chief Eva-Christina Kraus filed a criminal complaint, saying the case had to be reported for insurance reasons though there was no malicious intent. Police said the woman is being investigated for damage to property.

Associated Press