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An Adams County deputy who was shot and killed in Thornton Wednesday evening has been identified by the Colorado Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization raising money for the family of the slain deputy.

One man was in custody and two suspects were on the run, an Adams County Sheriff's office spokesperson said at a late night news conference on Wednesday.

That's when police say the suspect pulled out a handgun and started to shoot at deputies, striking Gumm in the chest.

The sheriff's office was responding to an assault in progress at around 7 p.m. when one of the deputies spotted a man matching the description for one of the suspects.

Mourners paying tribute to Deputy Heath Gumm during the procession. "This is a time for us to protect officers". Deputy Heath Gumm, 31, served honorably beginning in 2012.

At the Adams County Sheriff's substation at 72nd and Colorado Boulevard, mourners and well-wishers brought food and water for deputies and built a makeshift memorial to honor Gumm.


Just before 11 a.m. on Thursday, the agency tweeted asking for patience as deputies continue to investigate.

Officer down, please avoid the area of 88th and Dawson Street. "Words can not express our sorrow, but we stand tall and strong with our @AdamsCoSheriff family tonight and always", the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said.

Sources confirmed with KUSA that the Adams County deputy died. They are considered armed and risky.

Because of the ongoing manhunt, more than a dozen schools in the Adams County area were closed on Thursday.

The Colorado Police Officers Foundation has created a special PayPal account to collect donations for Deputy Gumm's wife and family. You can donate at this link.

Anyone with information should immediately call deputies at 720-322-1313. Several officers, deputies and police cruisers have been spotted outside the hospital.


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