Sheriff Michael McIntosh, of the Adams County Sheriff’s Department in Colorado, sadly reports the death of Deputy Sheriff Heath Gumm.
Deputy Gumm, 32, was dispatched to an assault in progress call along with other officers. When officers arrived, they learned that the suspects had fled the area. Officers began to search for the suspects and located an individual that matched the description of one of them. The officers attempted to contact the man, but he fled the scene on foot.
The suspect ran behind a nearby house and waited for the pursuing officers. As the officers rounded the corner of the house in pursuit, the suspect opened fire on the officers.
Gumm was struck in the chest multiple times by the suspect’s gunfire. As a result, he was transported to Denver Health Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Other officers at the scene were able to take the suspect into custody. Two other suspects involved in the original assault are still being sought.
“I met officer Gumm. He patrolled our neighborhood and my friends and I watched the parking lot. He was kind as hell and shook our hands and thanked us for what we did. What he did is far greater than anything I can put into words. I’m so sorry, and thank you to his family,” Fox 31 viewer Jeff Williams said in an email to the station.
Several law enforcement agencies shared their condolences.
This loss is incomprehensible. Not one, but two deputies down in less than a month. We grieve with @AdamsCoSheriff on the loss of their deputy, and all that their community has lost as a result. We stand strong with our brothers and sisters in blue.
— Arapahoe Sheriff (@ArapahoeSO) January 25, 2018
@AdamsCoSheriff the men and women of the Thornton Police Department have our Brothers and Sisters of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office in our thoughts, and our prayers to this fallen hero’s family.
— Thornton Police Dept (@ThorntonPolice) January 25, 2018
Such sad news from our brothers and sisters in blue in Adams County. We are praying for the family of the fallen deputy and the Sheriff's Office. The Thin Blue Line has lost another link.
— CSP Castle Rock (@CSP_CastleRock) January 25, 2018
And the solemn procession.
This is very solemn. RIP pic.twitter.com/h7aXoKBIwH
— Noelle Phillips (@Noelle_Phillips) January 25, 2018
— John Leyba ? (@Presto89) January 25, 2018
Heath Gumm served the Adams County Sheriff Department for five years. His wife, children and extended family survive him.
Deputy Sheriff Heath Gumm is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Wednesday January 24, 2018.