Police Officer Jay Sheridan Limon Police Department Colorado End of Watch: Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Patch image: Limon Police Department, Colorado

Police Officer Jay Sheridan
Limon Police Department

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: 27
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Committed suicide

Officer Jay Sheridan was shot and killed as he and other officers served a fugitive arrest warrant at approximately 6:10 pm.
As the officers entered the mobile home where the subject lived the man opened fire on them, fatally wounding Officer Sheridan. Two other officers on the scene remained in another room in the home and called for assistance.
The subject was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound later in the evening after a SWAT team made entry into the home.
Officer Sheridan had served with the Limon Police Department for six years.

Agency Contact Information
Limon Police Department
100 Civic Center Drive
PO Box 9
Limon, CO 80828
Phone: (719) 775-9211
Please contact the Limon Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

LIMON, Colo. — A Limon police officer was shot to death Wednesday evening and two officers in a mobile home were freed in a dramatic end to an hours-long standoff with a wanted fugitive.

The standoff ended just after 10:40 p.m. when SWAT officers swarmed in to the mobile home to free the two officers, who were initially thought to be hostages.

It turns out the gunman had barricaded himself in one room of the mobile home, and the officers had just ended up in a separate part of the mobile home and remained there for their own safety during the chaotic first minutes of the standoff, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The gunman was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Limon police said.

Officers Were Serving Warrant To Fugitive

The incident began at 6:10 p.m. at the Wagon Wheel Mobile Home Park on the west end of Limon, according to Trooper Heather Cobler of the Colorado State Patrol.

Limon police officers and Lincoln County deputies went to the mobile home park at the request of the U.S. Marshals Service to serve a fugitive warrant, police said. When the officers approached the door, the wanted man opened fire, killing one of the officers and causing the other two officers to run for cover inside a separate part of the home, police said.

About 20 people from the mobile home park, along Sixth Street on the west end of town, were ordered to leave their homes as the dramatic situation played out.

More than four hours later, a SWAT team broke into the mobile home and freed the two officers. An entire wall of the mobile home was ripped away as the SWAT team swarmed into the structure.

The gunman who was found dead has not been identified. It’s not clear when during the night he had killed himself.

Jay Sheridan Is Officer Who Died

Police identified the officer who was killed as Jay Sheridan, 27. He had worked as a police officer in Limon for 6½ years. His wife had recently given birth to their first child, residents told 7NEWS.

"Jay was an outstanding officer and will be greatly missed by his fellow officers and colleagues," said Limon Police Chief Lynn Yowell.

Sheridan was one of only five officers in the Limon Police Department.

"Obviously, this is a time of great emotion for the entire police department. Chief Yowell stated that this officer was an outstanding officer and will be greatly missed by his fellow officers and by the community," Cobler said.

The home where Sheridan lived with his wife and new baby was surrounded by law enforcement officers and officer’s wives who were giving his widow emotional support.

Limon Gets Help From Multiple Agencies

At least 10 surrounding law enforcement agencies were called in to help Limon police with the standoff.

Video from Airtracker7 showed a SWAT team deployed in the park and large number of law enforcement vehicles stationed around the trailer park.

Nearby trailers in the park were evacuated.

"I was trying to take my groceries down to my trailer because my friend Matt was also in my trailer waiting for me to get back and an officer stopped me right here by the trash Dumpsters and told be that I couldn’t go that way. I said I have my friend in my trailer and I need to get him out, you know? And he’s like, ‘We’ll get him out.’ So they wouldn’t even let me go down there to do anything," said one resident.

Agencies called to the scene to assist included Elbert County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Department of Corrections, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Parker Police Department, Aurora Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

News and rumors traveled quickly through the town by text messages as the shooting and officer trapped situation developed, with officers and deputies reassuring their wives they were OK. Those messages were then relayed on to family and friends. Some of the messages said the officers were being held hostage.

The entire incident will be investigated by the 18th Judicial District Critical Response Team, according to police.

Limon is a town of about 2,000 and is 90 miles southeast of Denver, along Interstate 70.


2 Responses to “Police Officer Jay Sheridan Limon Police Department Colorado End of Watch: Wednesday, March 9, 2011”

  1. 1 David Root March 19, 2011 at 10:28

    I am a retired police officer. My daughter, Maria Kissmann, works in Limon. She called me the day of this tragedy. Her heart is broken and so is mine.

    Please provide the particulars on getting a donation to the family or other memorial you recommend.

    Please express my condolences to the family and your department.

    David E. Root
    Retired Chief of Police, Abita Springs LA.

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