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On February 11, 2011 two deputies went to the home of Chuck Zukowski to relieve him of his badge, gun and ID, handing him a termination letter ending his eight year stint as a reserve sheriff’s deputy in El Paso County, Colorado.

Reserve deputy terminated for investigating UFOs

Chuck Zukowki (image credit: Alejandro Rojas)

Chuck Zukowki (image credit: Alejandro Rojas)

On February 11, 2011 two deputies went to the home of Chuck Zukowski to relieve him of his badge, gun and ID, handing him a termination letter ending his eight year stint as a reserve sheriff’s deputy in El Paso County, Colorado. The letter begins, “The termination is a result of you conducting paranormal and unidentified flying object investigations into animal mutilations…”

Zukowski has been conducting paranormal investigations for decades, many of which are documented on his website, www.ufonut.com. He is also a family man and successful microchip engineer. However, for the last eight years he has put aside time to help out the El Paso County Sherriff’s Department as a volunteer reserve deputy.

Lately Zukowski’s paranormal investigations have been getting more press. He lectures all over the country on Roswell and conducts ghost investigations, but the sheriff department’s point of contention came with a string of mysterious cattle/horse mutilations in Colorado that Zukowski investigated.

According to the sheriff’s department Zukowski publicly contradicted and was critical of their findings in relation to a horse mutilation in Rush Colorado in August of 2010. In an article by TheHorse.com regarding the Rush mutilations, it stated that the horse’s owner and Zukowski disagreed with the sheriff department’s conclusion that the death was due to “animal activity.” Furthermore, Zukowski’s website pointed out that deputies are not trained for these sorts of investigations. He says he offered to conduct training, but was turned down.

Zukowski on duty. (image credit: Chuck Zukowski)

Zukowski on duty. (image credit: Chuck Zukowski)

The sheriff’s department’s termination letter also stated, “Although you have claimed not to have represented yourself as a Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy, the media reports allude to you as ‘volunteer El Paso County Sheriff’s Department deputy.’” Zukowski says he has never told the press his credentials as a reserve deputy, and he is not responsible for their inclusion of that fact.

In a recent story by News First 5, they looked into what provision of the county’s rules of conduct Zukowski may have violated. They say that they “discovered one provision that limits employees from criticizing the sheriff’s office. However, the rule doesn’t extend to off-duty, private conversations.”

Zukowski wonders, “Is having a volunteer deputy sheriff running UFO/Paranormal investigations on his personal time considered an eye sore to the Sheriff’s department? So much so, that they want him out of their department?”

There are many people in law enforcement conducting paranormal investigation off-duty. Their skill set and experience is invaluable when it comes to collecting evidence. For the sake of paranormal investigation, hopefully this sort of news does not deter others from their quest to seek answers into the unknown.

More on the details regarding Zukowski’s dismissal can be found at his website.

About Alejandro Rojas

Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.


  1. I Think He Should Sue For discrimination!


  2. Linda Flechtner

    I have known Chuck all his life.
    He is without a doubt a very credible and honest
    The Sheriff’s department should be ashamed of themselves
    for not having the courage to stand up for Chuck.
    I have many friends in law enforcement and they are
    underpaid and overworked. They do their jobs because
    they believe they make a difference.
    They do, and so does Chuck Zukowski!

    Love you Bro!


  3. Hi Chuck–Bless you and your sister for the very valid and necessary investigations that you are involved in.
    My wife and I have been very actively been in the helicopter business for the past 51 years. I accumulated fifteen thousand hours of flight time and was inducted into the South Dakota Aviation Hall Of Fame in 2006.
    I have been passionately interested in the so called UFO phenoma for 50 years and have some stories to tell.
    My number is 605-271-4769. We have unlimited long distance so if you would send me your number I would be happy to call you.
    You are on a valid path, so don’t let the “authorities” spook you.

    PS: I’m sure February 11 is a memorable day for you as well as for me. It was my 81st birthday. HANG IN THERE!!!

  4. What a dissgace, but that’s what happens when you get too close to the truth. The excuse that cattle mutilations are the result of animal activity is just that, an excuse. An excuse to cover it up and stop people getting to the truth.The order to get rid of you will of come from higher up, because why you were still a serving officer then they think a lot more people will sit up and take notice, get rid of you and they think they help to disscredit you.I hope you don’t give up what you’re doing and know that you have a lot of support out there.
    Keep up the good work.
    Much respect from England.

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