Cop, Homeowner Killed During Eviction From Foreclosed Home In Colorado
“It seems to me that he was just pushed to the end of his rope, and he tried every single approach to addressing his grievances, and at the end, he chose to not let them take his house away from him”
Authorities say a man who spent years fighting the foreclosure of his Colorado home and ranted online about police and corporate corruption shot three law enforcement officers trying to serve an eviction notice
BAILEY, Colo. (AP) — A man who spent years fighting the foreclosure of his Colorado home and ranted online about police and corporate corruption shot three law enforcement officers trying to serve an eviction notice Wednesday, killing one and wounding the others, authorities said.
The officers fired back in this forested mountain community, killing the gunman, identified by police as 58-year-old Martin Wirth.
Eight officers from the Park County Sheriff’s Office went to the snow-covered two-story home in a hillside neighborhood north of the town of Bailey to serve what authorities described as a “high-risk” eviction notice. The well-maintained houses sit on big lots, with room for horses to graze in an area popular with hunters and anglers.
Wirth appeared on the deck of his home when the officers arrived, then went back inside, according to the sheriff’s office account of the shooting.
Officers followed him in, and Wirth fired on them, prompting them to return fire, sheriff’s officials said.
The shooting killed Corporal Nate Carrigan, a 13-year veteran of the sheriff’s office. One of the wounded officers underwent surgery for life-threatening injuries and was in critical condition at a Denver hospital.
The other was treated and released from a hospital after a bullet grazed his ear, Colorado Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Medina said.