Sheriff Fred Wegener of the Park County Sheriff Department in Colorado, sadly reports the death of Corporal Nate Carrigan.
Corporal Carrigan was shot and killed as he and two other deputies with him were serving an eviction notice. The three deputies were serving the suspect with his copy of the notice when he opened fire on the officers with a rifle.
Corporal Carrigan died at the scene of the shooting. The two other deputies returned gunfire killing the suspect. Both of the injured deputies were transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital for medical treatment. One of the deputies, an eleven year veteran, sustained life threatening injuries and was immediately taken into surgery. The remaining deputy was a twenty one year veteran and was treated and released.
It has been reported that the suspect had previously run for a local political office and failed in his attempt. The suspect had also been fighting bank foreclosure proceedings for several years, so law enforcement had previous contact with the suspect and those contacts had not been peaceful.
The shooting investigation is being conducted by the Jefferson County Sheriff Department, the Colorado State Patrol the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The Jefferson County Sheriff Department SWAT team and Bomb squad were also called to the scene due to the anti-government activist connections.
Corporal Nate Carrigan served the Park County Sheriff Department for twelve years. He is survived by his wife and children.
Corporal Nate Carrigan gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Wednesday, February 24, 2016.
Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow
Additional details can be found here:
Park County sheriff’s deputy killed, two injured in Bailey shootout while serving eviction notice