One Park County deputy killed, two others injured while serving eviction notice

Photo from Park County, where a deputy was killed and two others were injured. / KDVR
Photo from Park County, where a deputy was killed and two others were injured. / KDVR

BAILEY, Colo. (KDVR) — Three veteran Park County sheriff’s deputies were shot — one fatally — while serving an eviction notice Wednesday morning in a shooting that also left the suspect dead, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said.

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.

Right as patrol officers were about to make contact with the homeowner, the suspect, identified as 58-year-old Martin Wirth, came out on his deck, paused, then went back inside, according to the Park County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers followed Wirth quickly inside the home and as they entered, Wirth fired upon them with a rifle. The deputies returned fire, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Wirth was pronounced dead at the scene.

Corporal Nate Carrigan / Park County Sheriff's Office
Corporal Nate Carrigan / Park County Sheriff’s Office

The fallen deputy was identified by Park County Sheriff’s Office as Corporal Nate Carrigan, a 13-year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

“He served his community in a superior way and he made the ultimate sacrifice today in his service to that community,” said Medina. “We ask that you keep Nate and his entire family in your thoughts and your prayers. Turn on your porch lights, talk about Nate, talk about all the wonderful things our law enforcement officers are doing on the streets of our country each and every day.”

The injured deputies were taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.

Master Patrol Deputy Kolby Martin, an 11-year member of the sheriff’s office, was shot multiple times in the lower extremities. He was air lifted to Saint Anthony’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries and was in surgery for most of Wednesday afternoon. He remains there in critical condition.

Captain Mark Hancock, a 21-year member of the sheriff’s office, was grazed in the ear and was transported by ambulance to Saint Anthony’s Hospital with non life-threatening injures. He was released on Wednesday afternoon.

An earlier post on information on protests at the same property owned by Martin Wirth was posted by the Colorado Foreclosure Resistance Coalition. It was later confirmed that Wirth was involved in the shooting.

About 100 representatives from the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson County SWAT team, the Colorado State Patrol, the Alma Police Department, the Fairplay Police Department and the CBI assisted with the investigation.

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