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Park County Deputy shot and killed while serving eviction notice

Park County Deputy shot and killed while serving eviction

BAILEY, Colo. - The Park County Sheriff's Office has released the names of three deputies who were shot while serving an eviction notice in Bailey Wednesday morning.

Corporal Nate Carrigan was killed. He had been with the sheriff's office for 13 years.

Master Patrol Deputy Kolby Martin was shot multiple times in his legs. He has been with the sheriff's office for 11 years.

Captain Mark Hancock was grazed in the ear. He has been with the sheriff's office for 21 years.

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

The shooter, Martin Wirth, was shot and killed. Wirth was armed with a rifle.

The shooting happened at 9:48 a.m. in a subdivision called Friendship Ranch. The deputies were serving an eviction notice when they were shot.

The sheriff's office says that when the deputies arrived at Wirth's home, he walked out onto his deck, paused and then went back inside. The deputies followed Wirth inside, at which time Wirth began shooting.

A bomb squad was called to the scene as a precaution.

Platte Canyon High School and Fitzsimmons Middle School were locked down as a precaution.

What we know about the suspected shooter

Martin Wirth was 58-years-old and had reportedly been embroiled in a lengthy battle over eviction.

A background check shows that wirth had eviction disputes in 2010 and 2011. The current dispute apparently began in 2014.

A page on the website Colorado Foreclosure Resistance Coalition called for other activists to help Wirth with a "non-violent eviction resistance" at the property on Iris Drive in Bailey. The site also says that Wirth was involved in the Occupy Denver movement.

The website includes a statement, purportedly from Wirth, that reads in part: "In an effort to defend our constitutional rights, I am calling for all people to stand with me in a non-violent eviction defense of my property."

In addition to the statement, the site featured a video of Wirth explaining his position.

Wirth had apparently been active in recent days on a Facebook page titled "Colorado Senate Candidate: Martin Wirth," suggesting he had political aspirations.

Bailey is located about 75 miles northwest of Colorado Springs.


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