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Sheriff's Deputy Killed, Two Others Injured In Colorado Eviction Shootout

The Park County deputy had been on the force for 13 years.

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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.

Deputies with @jeffcosheriffco & Park County just left Deer Creek Elementary near the home in #Bailey.

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 SWAT team is at the house. #ParkCoShooting

The man was later identified as Martin Wirth, who was killed in the shootout.

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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.

SWAT officers were also called to the property, the Park County Sheriff's Office said in a statement, and at one point had the property surrounded.

The SWAT teams has the residence surrounded. #ParkCoShooting

The website, as well as an accompanying YouTube video, request a call for "non-violent...resistance" against an eviction notice issued against Wirth, who the website lists as the property occupier.

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"In an effort to defend our constitutional rights, I am calling for all people to stand with me in a non-violent eviction defense of my property," reads a statement purportedly from Wirth on the website.

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

Contact David Mack at david.mack@buzzfeed.com.

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