THORNTON, Colo. (KKTV) - Expect a lot of people to be wearing blue, not just in Thornton, but across all of Colorado on Friday to honor the life and memory of a fallen deputy.
Deputy Heath Gumm of the Adams County Sheriff's Office was shot and killed in the line of duty on Jan. 24. Gumm, 31 at the time he was killed while responding to an assault, is survived by a wife. He started serving the sheriff's office in 2012.
The city of Thornton recognizes a proclamation proclaiming Feb. 2 as "Wear Blue Day" in the city.
Colorado prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old man with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Gumm. The Adams County District Attorney's office says Dreion Dearing faces multiple first-degree murder charges along with first-degree burglary and other charges. He is due back in court on Feb. 21.
The funeral for Deputy Gumm is scheduled for Friday and is open to the public.
11 News got a hold of the arrest records for the suspected gunman Dreion Dearing. Reports show that Gumm and other deputies were called to a residential area north of downtown Denver on Jan. 24 for a reported fight.
Deputy Gumm and Deputy Booker chased Dearing behind a house. They said that's when the man opened fire. They returned fire, but Booker found Gumm laying face down with a gunshot in his torso.
Officers later found Dearing hiding out in a treehouse on the other side of the street.
Investigators were able to match footprints around the crime scene to Dearing, found a gun that matched the bullets that were fired at Gumm nearby, and found a beanie they were hoping to test against the suspect.
They asked for his cooperation with a DNA test, and Dearing refused. In his account to detectives, he claims he had been drinking a six-pack and had smoked weed that afternoon, then blacked out. He said he came to when he was being arrested and did not remember being in the shootout with deputy Gumm.
During the funeral procession for Gumm on Friday, there will be a "rolling closure" of northbound I-25 from 104th Avenue to Highway 7 from around 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. A "rolling closure" is where on-ramps are closed as the procession approaches and then open back up once the procession has passed. Expect heavy delays and alternate routes are advised.