msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 3/10/2011 4:35:32 AM ET 2011-03-10T09:35:32

A 27-year-old police officer was shot to death and a suspected fugitive killed himself during a standoff in eastern Colorado, authorities said Thursday.

State Trooper Heather Cobler said the shootings occurred Wednesday night at a mobile home park in Limon, about 90 miles southeast of Denver.

Limon police officer Jay Sheridan was shot by the suspect as officers attempted to serve him with a fugitive warrant, she said.

Sometime during a standoff that followed at the mobile home, the suspect killed himself. Cobler said his body was found hours later when officers entered the residence.

Jim Hartwig, manager of the Wagon Wheel Mobile Home Park, told the Denver Post that he heard at least three shots fired.

Cobler declined to release the name of the suspect and details on the warrant.

Up to 20 nearby residents were evacuated during the standoff.

The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.

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