Deputy Killed in Colorado Had Strong Ties to the Community

Cpl. Nate Carrigan;  Photo: Facebook/

Cpl. Nate Carrigan; Photo: Facebook/

Park County Sheriff's corporal Nate Carrigan, 35, had been with the force for 13 yeas before Wednesday's fatal shootout that took his life. 

Cpl. Carrigan, along with Master Patrol Deputy Kolby Martin and Captain Mark Hancock, were shot while attempting to evict Martin Wirth, 58, from his home in Bailey.

Cpl. Carrigan was killed and Capt. Hancock and Deputy Martin were injured in the shooting. Martin remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

A local resident said of the officers, "These were longtime officers of our county and good guys. Everyone in Bailey knows who this is, this man that lost his life today."

Carrigan is being remembered as one of the good guys who was committed to his community. He served as an assistant football coach and head baseball coach for the local high school.

"He took care of people and he took care of the community," said Melinda Nilsson, a co-worker at the high school where Carrigan worked. 


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