Friday, February 26, 2016

Foreclosed Homeowner Shoots Three Cops Carrying Out Foreclosure Eviction, Leaving One Dead, Another In Critical Condition

In Bailey, Colorado, The Denver Post reports:
  • A political activist opened fire on Park County sheriff's deputies trying to evict him from his mountain home Wednesday, killing one deputy and wounding two others. The gunman also died.

    The shooting happened around 9:30 a.m. at the secluded Friendship Ranch subdivision, said Susan Medina, a Colorado Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman. "It is a dark day," Medina said.

    The deputy who died, Cpl. Nate Carrigan, was a 13-year veteran of the Park County Sheriff's Office and a beloved high school baseball and football coach. Carrigan became the first deputy killed in the line of duty at the sheriff's office, officials said.

    Master Patrol Deputy Kolby Martin, an 11-year veteran of the office, was shot multiple times in the lower extremities and was in critical condition at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.

    Capt. Mark Hancock, a 21-year veteran of the office, was shot in the ear but was treated and released.

    Eight members of the sheriff's office — including Sheriff Fred Wegener — converged on the snow-covered, three-acre property on Iris Drive Wednesday morning for what they termed "a high-risk writ of restitution."

    They were seeking to evict Martin Wirth, a 58-year-old Occupy Denver activist and former Green Party candidate for state Senate who had complained previously about law enforcement harassment.

    Property records show Wirth defaulted on the property in 2013 and has been battling foreclosure and eviction.
For more, see Park County sheriff's deputy killed, two others wounded in shootout (Gunman Martin Wirth also died in the shootout with Park County sheriff's deputies at Bailey).

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