Suspect in shooting of Adams County Deputy identified

A view from the scene of the investigation

Condolences also poured in from other police departments across Colorado, with officers in the area already mourning the recent death of another officer, Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Zackari Parrish, killed at the age of 29 last month in a shooting that also wounded a number of other officers. "Large perimeter with suspect still at large". Once on scene the deputies found that the suspect had fled.

Authorities say they were responding to a call in the area.

The deputy, identified by the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police as Heath Gumm, 32, was transported to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

"The entire Sheriff's Office is praying for the wife and family of our fallen deputy", the Adams County Sherriff's Office said.

Gumm and other officers were dispatched to an assault-in-progress call in a neighborhood just east of Interstate 25 in Thornton around 7 p.m. Deputy Heath Gumm, 31, served honorably beginning in 2012.

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SWAT teams and police dogs were assisting in the search.

The governor's office says flags on all public building should remain half-staff until sunset on the day of Gumm's funeral, which is expected to be announced in the coming days. Phelps County prosecuting attorney Brendon Fox said Beetler was arrested on March 2, 2017, after he shot a weapon inside his home. The only suspect description available for the pair is that they are light-skinned, black males or dark-skinned, Hispanic males.

"We are deeply saddened to learn that the deputy has died from injuries sustained in the shooting". The foundation has a PayPal account set up and all donations will go to the Gumm family.

Click for more details about the fundraiser for Deputy Gumm, whose page has been visited more than 40,000 times since it went online.

Citing the needs of an ongoing investigation, police advised local residents to exercise caution and take precautionary measures such as staying away from windows or avoiding certain parts of the city.

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