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Gunman Who Ambushed Colorado Deputy Found Dead

Lincoln County, CO – The gunman who ambushed a Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy on Thursday morning was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound several hours later in a field nearby the shooting scene.

The incident occurred at about 3 a.m. on May 20 when two tractor trailers were parked on the side of Highway 40, just off Interstate 70 near Limon, KCNC reported.

Someone called 911 from inside one of the trucks and reported that someone was trying to steal something out of the back of the semis.

Officials said Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Hutton responded to the scene and was immediately ambushed by the suspect, KCNC reported.

“Within seconds of being out of his car and investigating this theft, he was hit with a hail of gunfire and was hit multiple times,” Lincoln County Sheriff’s Captain Michael Yowell told reporters at press conference on Thursday afternoon, according to the Broomfield Enterprise.

Capt. Yowell said Deputy Hutton immediately took cover in a ditch.

He said it was not yet clear whether the deputy returned fire.

The gunman also shot at the truck driver who originally called 911, the Broomfield Enterprise reported.

The truck driver was injured but he wasn’t shot, KCNC reported.

The suspect fled and managed to evade law enforcement from multiple agencies because of severe fog in the area.

“We called everybody,” Capt. Yowell said. “We were looking for someone who had just taken out 10 percent of our law enforcement officers.”

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has a total force of 10 deputies, the Broomfield Enterprise reported.

Area schools were locked down and area residents were told to stay inside while the manhunt ensued.

The suspect was found late morning in a field about a thousand yards away from where he shot Deputy Hutton, KCNC reported.

Capt. Yowell said investigators used Deputy Hutton’s bodycam video to identify the gunman, the Broomfield Enterprise reported.

“Deputy Hutton at the time could not communicate but his body camera was able to,” the captain said.

He told reporters that the gunman had committed suicide.

Deputy Hutton was transported to a Denver area hospital in critical condition.

He remained in serious-but-stable condition on Thursday afternoon, KCNC reported.

Capt. Yowell said Deputy Hutton’s wife and their small child were at the hospital with the wounded hero.

Deputy Hutton, a seven-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who worked as a military police officer for more than a decade, the Broomfield Enterprise reported.

He is a member of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s tactical team and also serves as the school crossing guard in the nearby town of Hugo.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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