A sheriff's deputy was fatally shot, and two other deputies seriously wounded, as they tried to serve an eviction notice in rural Colorado on Wednesday, officials said.
At around 9:30 a.m. local time, the three Park County deputies attempted to serve the eviction notice on the property in Bailey, southwest of Denver, when a man opened fire with a rifle, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter.
The man was later identified as Martin Wirth, who was killed in the shootout.
Cpl. Nate Carrigan, a deputy who has worked with the Park County Sheriff's Office for 13 years, died at the scene.
Two others were also injured. Master Patrol Deputy Kolby Marin, an 11-year veteran in Park County, was flown to a hospital for surgery after being shot multiple times in the lower extremities, authorities said. Marin's injuries were described as life-threatening.
Capt. Mark Hancock, a 21-year veteran of the department, was grazed by a bullet at his ear.