Adams County Sheriff’s deputy, Heath Gumm, killed, survived by wife: Photos, video
A man has been arrested in the death of a sheriff’s deputy. The 32-year old police officer was reportedly killed when he had responded to a call along with his colleagues. While one of the suspects has been arrested, manhunt is underway for two other suspects.
Reports suggest that Heath Gumm, one of the sheriff’s deputies, who was sent to respond to a confrontation north of Denver was shot dead by one of the persons involved in the confrontation. Adams County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the identity of the slain police officer.
While providing details as to what happened and how the sheriff’s deputy lost his life, a spokeswoman for the Adams County Sheriff’s Office told the media that the police officers were sent to respond to an “assault in progress” Wednesday night. The spokeswoman went on to add that one of the suspects pulled a handgun and shot the deputy in the chest before fleeing. The suspect was taken into custody, according to the spokeswoman.
Meanwhile Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has expressed shock over the death of the police officer. In a statement Gov. Kickenlooper said “Tonight we watched as a community was on edge and a sheriff’s deputy was shot while responding to a call in Adams County…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.”
Initially the name and age of the deputy were not released to the media, but later, the police released the details. SWAT teams were continuing to look for the suspects as the dragnet continued late into the night, and police were reportedly using airborne drones to search the area. “Officer down, please avoid the area of 88th and Dawston Street,” the Adams County Sheriff’s Office tweeted shortly after the shooting. “Large perimeter with suspect still at large.” The tweet advised residents in the area to “seek shelter away from the doors and windows.” In a follow-up tweet, the department described a “large dangerous scene with active searches in progress.” Heath Gumm is survived by his wife and parents.