BAILEY, Colo. (AP) – Officials say a man who lost ownership of his Colorado home two years ago opened fire on three deputies serving an eviction notice, killing one and wounding the others.
A law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation says Martin Wirth was the shooter Wednesday. The Park County Assessor’s Office says Wirth owned the home in the town of Bailey until March 2014, when Fannie Mae took ownership.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to release information about the investigation.
A website for the Colorado Foreclosure Resistance Coalition includes undated posts that Wirth had lost a legal fight against foreclosure and was facing eviction. The website calls for supporters to join Wirth in “non-violent eviction resistance.”
It wasn’t possible to immediately verify the website’s claims. A call to the Colorado Foreclosure Resistance Coalition wasn’t immediately returned.