Heath Gumm, Adams County sheriff’s deputy shot dead: Photos, video
An Adams County, Colo. police officer who was shot at by three assailants has reportedly succumbed to his injuries. Latest reports suggest that one suspect has been apprehended while manhunt for two more suspects is underway.
Meanwhile, police officials of Adams Country have said that the slain police officer has been identified. The police officer who was being called as Gumm till now has been identified by the Colorado Police Officers Foundation as Heath Gumm.
Police officers have said that the 32-year old slain police officer is survived his wife. Reports suggest that his family members have set up a webpage for donations to help the family in this time of need.
Police officials claim that the slain police officer Heath Gumm was responding along with colleagues to an “assault in progress” and found that a suspect had fled upon their arrival.
As the police officers started searching for the criminal elements, the suspect fled behind a house, and fired at deputies with a handgun when confronted. One deputy was hit in the chest. In the meantime police officials claim that the search is still on for “two light-skinned black males or dark-skinned Hispanic males dressed in all black.”
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in a statement expressed shock over the death of one the sheriff’s deputies 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…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.”
In the meantime a large number of police officers and SWAT teams are scourging the area. Residents in the area were told to shelter in place and stay away from windows and doors. A sheriff’s spokesman said the “area is to be considered dangerous. Deputy was shot. Suspect armed, and if willing to shoot a cop, could shoot anyone.”