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Pueblo deputy arrested, accused of holding ex at gunpoint

Randal Scott Alire charged with menacing, domestic violence

Pueblo deputy arrested, accused of holding ex hostage

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. - The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office arrested one of its own Tuesday.

Detention Deputy Randal Scott Alire, 42, is charged with menacing with a deadly weapon and domestic violence after his ex-girlfriend accused him of holding her hostage with a gun for more than six hours.

The woman claims that Alire raped her, and that charge is also under investigation.

According to arrest records, the woman, who has not been identified, said that Alire showed up at her home at around 8:15 a.m. Monday, put a gun to her head and said, "Get down on the ground or I am going to kill you."

She said Alire told her that he had bugged her cellphone and computer, and was under the impression that she knew the sheriff's office had hired a private detective to investigate him. The sheriff's office said there was no investigation under way.

The woman said Alire drove her in her car to his home, then back to her home and to his home again, continuing to point the gun at her. She said, after 2 p.m., he suddenly gave back her the car keys and said she was free to go.

The woman said she was scared to use her cellphone because Alire said it was bugged, so she drove until she saw a state trooper on Highway 97 in Beulah.

Alire was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning, and for much of the day, he was locked up in the jail where he's worked since January 2011. He's been released on $75,000 bond.

Pueblo County Undersheriff J.R. Hall said the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case and the Sheriff's Office is assisting.

"We investigate many allegations against officers throughout a given year or two years," said Hall. "But when it's criminal in nature as a serious allegation such as this, then we ask for assistance and provide an objective investigation."

As per standard protocol, Alire is on paid administrative leave from the Sheriff's Office as the investigation continues.

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