An Adams County Sheriff Deputy in Colorado state was shot and killed while searching for a suspect related to an assault call.
Deputy Heath Gumm, 31, was killed on the night of January 24, 2018. The devoted public servant is survived by his wife, Natasha.
The sheriff’s office got a call about an assault just before 7 p.m. and responded to the scene of the incident at 8700 block of Dawson Street, a neighborhood just east of Interstate 25 and 88th Avenue.
When the deputies arrived, they found out that the assault suspect has left the scene. The deputies started a search for him. As soon as the deputies found someone matching the description of the suspect, Gumm ran from his colleagues, leading them behind a house.
The suspect then turned and fired on the deputies, hitting Gumm in the chest. The sheriff’s office spokesperson said that Gumm was brought to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
The suspect was taken into custody at the scene. Jail records identify the suspect as Dreion Martise Dearing, 22. He is being held for investigation of first-degree murder and two counts of first-degree murder of a peace officer at the Adams County Jail.
The District Attorney’s Office said that Dearing will be formally charged in court on Wednesday morning.
The Adam County Sheriff’s Office also said they are still not releasing the suspect's photo. Dearing is also the only suspect in the killing of Gumm. The sheriff’s office conducted a news conference on Thursday to issue a clarification that a pair of suspects earlier interviewed on the matter has since been released and cleared.
Gumm has bee a sheriff’s deputy at the Adams County Sheriff’s Office since 2012.
In the Adams County government page online, the Gumm family has announced that in lieu of flowers, those who wish to condole with them for the loss of the officer can instead donate to Children’s hospital. Those who would like to help the family of the fallen deputy financially can course their help through the Adams County Sheriff’s Foundation.