3 police officers shot in Montrose, Colorado

26 Jul

(Montrose is a mountain town on Route 50 southeast of Grand Junction.)

Denver Post

Montrose shootout leaves 2 dead, 2 wounded

07/26/2009 10:39:38 AM MDT

A man shot and killed one Montrose police officer and wounded two others after they arrived to handle a domestic disturbance in an affluent neighborhood on Saturday.

Montrose police haven’t identified the man, who also died at the scene, authorities said.

The police did not indicate whether the man had shot himself or been shot during the melee.

The dead officer is Sgt. David Kinterknecht, 41. Wounded were Rodney Ragsdale, 55, and Larry Witte, 23.

Property records show that the $632,320 home at 16915 64.50 Road, is owned by Dennis and Pamela Gurney.

Through a friend, Cindy Gay Dick, Pam Gurney declined an interview with The Denver Post.

A neighbor said that Gurney was a firefighter who had been severely burned on the job. The couple was quiet and kept to themselves, the neighbor said.

Sheriff’s Deputies and police went to the home around 8:30 p.m. and began talking to the person who reported the incident, according to a police statement.

A man who had blocked himself in the garage began shooting, hitting the three police officers, the statement said.

All three officers were taken to Montrose Memorial Hospital.

Around noon today, two bodies in red body bags were removed from the house, a two-story home across from the Cobble Creek Golf Course.

Ragsdale’s daughter-in-law, Victoria Ragsdale, said he was shot three times in his left leg and once in the right leg. Doctors operated on him and placed a rod in one leg and he is doing well, she said.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation along with the 7th Judicial Critical Incident Team is investigating the incident.

UPDATE: July 29: Coroner’s report states shooter shot himself in the head after shooting the three officers. Sgt. David Kinterknecht was killed by a shotgun blast to the chest. Then the other officers were shot and wounded in their legs.

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