Update 2:25 pm: 15 Colorado officers have now been shot in the last 3 months. This is the third fatality in that same time frame.
Three veteran Park County sheriff’s deputies were shot, one fatally, while serving an eviction notice Wednesday morning that also left the suspect dead, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation reported.
The deputy who died was a 12-year veteran of the Park County Sheriff’s Office.
The second deputy has life-threatening injuries. This deputy been with Park County for 11 years.
The third deputy shot has non-life-threatening injuries. This deputy has been with Park County for 21 years.
The incident happened about 9:30 a.m. in the Friendship Ranch subdivision in Bailey, CBI spokeswoman Susan Medina said. Sheriff’s deputies closed off the area at Pine Road and Pine Drive.
Medina said the three deputies approached the suspect’s home at 36 Iris Drive to serve an eviction notice when a shooting broke out, with the suspect firing a rifle at the deputies.
A 12-year member of the sheriff’s office was pronounced dead at the scene. The injured deputies were taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.
One, an 11-year member of the sheriff’s office, has life-threatening injuries and was in surgery, Medina said. The second, a 21-year member of the sheriff’s office, had nonlife-threatening injures and was being treated for his wounds.
None of the deputies nor the suspect were identified.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. It’s not known if the suspect was shot by deputies or took their own life.
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