The 31-year-old sheriff’s deputy from Adams County, Colorado, was shot and killed on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
The deputy was identified as Heath Gumm. His body was found in the Thornton area around 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. The shooting occurred in the 8700 block of Dawson Street. Sheriff's Office says that deputies were responding to a call of disturbance when a man pulled out a handgun and started shooting. Gumm was hit in the chest and was transported to Denver Health Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
One suspect is in custody. He is believed to be the person who shot deputy Gumm. Police officers found him hidden in a shed in a backyard close to the shooting scene. Sheriff’s office is not announcing any names at the moment, since revealing the suspect’s name would compromise the investigation. According to Denver court records, the arrested suspect was previously charged with two counts of first-degree murder and robbery of a dwelling in July 2014. The police officers were also searching for the two other dark-skinned men, who were eventually found and questioned. They are not considered suspects at this point, however, police are still investigating their potential link to the case.
Residents in the area were warned to stay away from the windows and doors or to find temporary shelters. According to the authorities, the crime scene may be extremely dangerous for the residents. Neighbors said they heard several gunshots that night.
Gumm has served with sheriff’s office since 2012. A number of law enforcement agencies shared their condolences with the Adam’s County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his wife and family.