A Montrose County sheriff's deputy was shot twice while responding to a domestic violence call south of Crawford early Monday morning. The man who reportedly fired the shots, Kent Calhoun, 52, was later found dead in his home at 81301 E81 Road, near Gould Reservoir.
Calhoun's wife called Delta County Dispatch at about 1:30 a.m. Monday to report her husband had thrown her down the stairs and held her there for an hour and a half. She was reportedly bruised but able to get away and call authorities. She notified dispatch Calhoun had access to guns and both had been drinking.
Deputies from both Delta and Montrose counties responded. They met with the female victim in Crawford, then Montrose County Deputy Corey Larsen and Dustin Harlow proceeded to the residence to speak with her husband.
Montrose County media relations manager Katie Yergensen reports that when they knocked on the door, the suspect fired two rounds at the deputies. Deputy Larsen was shot twice, in the abdomen and chest, but was wearing a bulletproof vest that's credited with saving his life. He was transported to St. Mary's Hospital and after surgery is reported to be in stable condition.
Harlow, who had been on the job just six weeks, was not injured.
After Deputy Larsen was shot, the City of Montrose's Special Response Team and sheriff's deputies from Montrose, Delta and Mesa counties were dispatched to the home. Highway 92 was closed for several hours while the deputies were mobilized.
At 9:45 a.m. Monday — about eight hours after the initial call — the officers entered the residence and discovered Calhoun's body. The cause and manner of death are pending results of an autopsy scheduled to be performed at the Montrose Memorial Hospital.
The case is under investigation by the Montrose County Coroner's Office of Medical Investigation, the Montrose County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.blog comments powered by Disqus