DAILYKENN.com -- Cpl. Nate Carrigan lost his life yesterday while serving an eviction on a far-left activist.
The crime occurred in Park County, Col.
Arrested is Martin Wirth.
According to The Denver Post, Wirth is:
a 58-year-old Occupy Denver activist and former Green Party candidate for state Senate who had complained previously about law enforcement harassment.Apparently Wirth toes the leftist lines, except the one about the Second Amendment.
"Wirth came out on his deck paused and then went back inside," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "Officers quickly followed Wirth inside the residence. As they entered Wirth fired upon them. Officers returned fire."
Wirth was armed with a rifle, the sheriff's office said.
Neighbors in the heavily wooded, quiet subdivision said they heard a volley of quick shots.
Susana Gibson's dogs were barking, and then she heard shots.
"It was, 'Pop! Pop! Pop!'" she said. "And then a few minutes later I heard, 'Boom! Boom!'"
In a Facebook posting in January, Wirth said he had clashed with police before and "one cop repeatedly punched my face and knocked out two of my teeth after others piled on. This was after aiming loaded pistols while screaming threats at me."
Wirth also said: "Because I ran for State Senate, I am a high value target ... they want me dead."
A website for the Colorado Foreclosure Resistance Coalition had posted a notice in 2014 that Wirth faced eviction and urged people to go to the home to support him.
"We are now calling for a non-violent eviction resistance at Martin's," said a statement on the group's website. "(Wirth) has been an invaluable part of Occupy Denver from the very early days, he has sheltered people on several occasions as well as hosting the Occupy retreat. His property is an amazing mountain escape with lots of room for tents and camping."
Later, Occupy Denver revoked its support for Wirth, saying in a Facebook posting that it "cannot in good conscience as an organization support the tactics he is proposing."
Occupy Denver posted a Facebook statement Wednesday that said: "We are sorry to share that Martin Wirth, so long active working to end fraudulent foreclosures and evictions, is reported to have died in a shootout with police this morning in Bailey Colorado. Martin recently shared with friends that he was experiencing harassment by the police."
Wirth had several run-ins with the law. In 1994 he was arrested in the shooting death of another man after becoming upset during a chess game. He was later acquitted.
Terry Rogers, Wirth's neighbor and a pastor in Bailey, said people knew Wirth as having strong anti-government views. He heard about Wirth's involvement in groups that supported that cause.
Sheriff's deputies would periodically be at Wirth's house, Rogers said, and one time he fought with the county about code violations for the number of animals he had on his property.
"He was kind of a loner — a recluse," Rogers said.
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