Colorado Deputy Killed, Two Others Wounded While Serving Eviction Notice

A Colorado man fighting eviction opened fire on sheriff's deputies, killing one and wounding two others before being shot to death Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The man, identified as Martin Wirth, 58, pulled a rifle and opened fire when the three Park County deputies entered his home in the mountain town of Bailey to serve an eviction notice, Undershderiff Monte Gore said. Deputies returned fire, killing Wirth at the scene, Gore said.

Sheriff's Cpl. Nate Carrigan, a 13-year veteran of the department, was shot and pronounced dead at the scene, Gore said.

IMAGE: Park County sheriff's Cpl. Nate Carrigan
Sheriff's Cpl. Nate Carrigan, a 13-year veteran of the Park County Sheriff's Office, was shot and pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday. Park County Sheriff's Office

Master Patrol Deputy Kolby Martin was shot multiple times in his legs and was airlifted to St. Anthony Hospital in Denver, where he was being treated for life-threatening injuries. Capt. Mark Hancock was shot in the ear and was also treated at St. Anthony, Gore said.

The sheriff's office in neighboring Jefferson County, which is assisting the much smaller Park County department in the investigation, said the shootout occurred about 9:30 a.m. (11:30 a.m. ET) at an address on Iris Drive.

Susan Medina, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, said a bomb squad was still at the scene as a cautionary measure, as were agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

She said she didn't immediately know why ATF was involved, but she stressed that there was no danger to the public.

Park County property records show that Wirth was found to be in default on his mortgage at that address in December 2013. The property was deeded to a Texas mortgage company the next month.

Federal records show that Wirth sued the mortgage company, the federal mortgage agency Fannie Mae and several state officials, including Gov. John Hickenlooper, in December 2013 over what he alleged was the illegal foreclosure on his home.

The suit was dismissed in September 2015, and Wirth was ordered to pay court costs.