2 Colorado deputies shot, 1 in the head, suspect in custody following standoff in Pueblo County on New Year’s Day
PUEBLO WEST, Colo. (KKTV) - Two Pueblo County deputies were shot on New Year’s Day and a suspect was taken into custody following a standoff.
The incident started on Friday when deputies started checking on a Pueblo County resident. The resident was reportedly calling in threats to Tennessee State Patrol and the Tennessee Capitol building. The sheriff’s office tried making contact with the resident along Tenderfoot Lane in the Pueblo West area once in the morning and couldn’t locate him. A sergeant and deputy went out again at about 3:25 p.m. and the suspect opened fire on the pair, according to the sheriff’s office.
A deputy was hit by gunfire on the top of the head, the second was hit in the shoulder. Both are expected to make a full recovery.
The tactical team for the sheriff’s office was activated and a standoff ensued. A non-lethal round was fired at the suspect and he was then taken into custody. The bomb squad was called to the house and cleared the scene by 9 p.m.
The suspect is a veteran and authorities believe alcohol was a factor. He was identified as 48-year-old Edie Lovins. Lovins is facing two charges of attempted murder. He is expected to face additional charges out of Tennessee.
The deputies were identified as Sgt. Rude and Deputy Berumen. Both were released from the hospital just hours after the shooting.
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