A routine police call in Adams County, Colorado has turned deadly, with Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm fatally shot. One suspect is in police custody and two suspects are on the run.
One man is in custody and a manhunt is underway for two other suspects after a sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot. This incident took place in Adams County in Colorado.
Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm, who was 31 years of age, was shot to death upon arriving at the scene of a reported crime in Thornton.
According to a spokeswoman for the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, the police were called in on an “assault in progress.” The officers saw a suspect run behind a house.
When the suspect was confronted, he had a handgun with him. He shot at the police; one bullet hit Gumm in the chest.
During this shootout, the suspect fled the scene once again, but was taken into custody a short time later.
Two outstanding suspects are still at large. Authorities have informed the public that they are looking for two light-skinned black males or dark-skinned Hispanic males, dressed in all black.
The SWAT team was called to assist with the manhunt for the two suspects still on the streets. This included looking at a large perimeter around the house where police were first called. There are drones being used to cover more of the area in order to find the suspects as quickly as possible.
Residents were advised to remain indoors by the police department. Even the local Wal-Mart shut its doors to ensure that the suspects do not enter the store and endanger anyone.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper released a statement saying, “Tonight we watched as a community was on edge and a sheriff’s deputy was shot while responding to a call in Adams County.”
Hickenlooper added, “We are deeply saddened to learn that the deputy has died from injuries sustained in the shooting. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and the family and friends of the deputy killed. The investigation is ongoing and authorities continue to work to restore calm to the area.”
Gumm is survived by his wife and his family. In order to help Gumm’s widow and family, the Colorado Police Officers Foundation has created a site to collect donations.