Officer fatally shot in Colorado; manhunt underway for 2 suspects

Officer fatally shot in Colorado; manhunt underway for 2 suspects

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Adams County Sheriff's Office and the family and friends of the deputy killed", Hickenlooper added.

Details about the situation are limited.

Investigators set a large perimeter in their search for two other suspects, who remain on the loose.

Shortly before 10:30 p.m., a law-enforcement procession for the slain deputy formed outside Denver Health Medical Center.

Police said Gumm was shot Wednesday sometime after 7 p.m. when he confronted a man suspected of an assault.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office page says they'll offer updates via Twitter. The suspect ran and deputies pursued him behind a nearby house, and the suspect allegedly pulled a handgun and began shooting, striking Gumm in the chest.

The 32-year-old officer was then taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Officer fatally shot in Colorado; manhunt underway for 2 suspects
Officer fatally shot in Colorado; manhunt underway for 2 suspects

In a press conference late Wednesday night a spokesperson with the Adams County Sheriff's Office reported that a suspect wanted in the shooting of a Colorado sheriff's deputy was taken into custody after a search.

Dreion Dearing, left, accused of murdering Dep. Heath Gumm, right.

The incident happened in a residential area just east of Interstate 25 and about 8 miles north of downtown Denver. Authorities say the suspects should be considered armed and unsafe.

This is the second officer-involved shooting in Colorado within a month. "We stand strong with our brothers and sisters in blue".

On Thursday police were conducting an extensive search for two other suspects in the case. That's according to the Colorado Police Officers Foundation.

"The only descriptions we were given by our witnesses were, two light-skinned black males or dark skin Hispanic males dressed in all black clothing", Sgt. Jim Morgen said in a statement. Phelps County prosecuting attorney Brendon Fox said Beetler was arrested on March 2, 2017, after he shot a weapon inside his home.

We don't yet know the circumstances that led up to the deputy's death.

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