Deputy Sheriff Heath McDonald Gumm

Deputy Sheriff Heath McDonald Gumm

Adams County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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Heath McDonald Gumm

Deputy Sheriff Heath Gumm was shot and killed during a foot pursuit near 88th Avenue and Dawson Street, in Thornton.

Deputies had responded to an assault in progress call at approximately 7:30 pm and became involved in the foot pursuit with one of the subjects. The man ran behind a house in the 8700 block of Dawson Street. As Deputy Gumm ran behind the house he was shot by the subject and struck in the chest.

The subject was apprehended and charged with murder of a peace officer and two additional counts of murder. A search continued for two additional subjects.

Deputy Gumm first served with the Cripple Creek Police Department and later with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office for four years. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of detective.

He is survived by his wife, parents, sister, and grandmother.

Bio

  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 381

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Charged with murder

assault, foot pursuit

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Somebody killed a policeman today
And a part of America died...
A piece of our country he swore to protect
Will be buried with him at his side.
The beat that he walked was a battlefield, too,
Just as if he had gone off to war;
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half-mast
To his name they will add a gold star.
The suspect that shot him will stand up in court
With counsel demanding his rights,
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids
And spend many long, lonely nights.
Yes, somebody killed a policeman today...
Maybe in your town or mine,
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors
A cop put his life on the line.
Now his ghost walks the beat on a dark city street,
And he stands at each new rookie's side;
He answered the call... of himself gave his all,
And a part of America died...

~~Author Unknown

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Missouri Department of Corrections

January 24, 2019

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