Corporal Nate Carrigan
Park County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado
End of Watch: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Tour of Duty: 12 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 24, 2016
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: Shot and killed
Agency Contact Information
Sheriff Fred Wegener
Park County Sheriff’s Office
1180 CR 16
PO Box 604
Fairplay, CO 80440
Phone: () –
Corporal Nate Carrigan was shot and killed as he and seven other deputies served a high risk eviction order at a home on Iris Drive in Bailey, Colorado, at approximately 9:15 am.
The subject named on the eviction order was a activist in the Occupy Denver movement. The subject exited the home and then reentered it, with Corporal Carrigan and other deputies following back inside to stop him. The man was able to grab a rifle and opened fire, killing Corporal Carrigan and wounding the other two deputies. The subject was shot and killed by return gunfire.
Corporal Carrigan had served with the Park County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years. He is survived by several children.
On February 24th at about 9:48 this morning Park County Sheriff’s uniformed officers were serving a high-risk Writ of Restitution,(eviction notice) at 36 Iris Drive Bailey, Colorado.
Sheriff Wegener arrived on scene just as patrol officers were about to make contact with the party living in the residence. The subject identified as, MARTIN WITTH, of Bailey, Colorado.
WIRTH came out on his deck paused and then went back inside. Officers quickly followed WIRTH inside the residence as they entered WIRTH fired upon them. Officers returned fire.
WIRTH was pronounced dead at the scene. Corporal Nate Carrigan, who was with Park County for 13 years, was shot and died at the scene. Master Patrol Deputy Kolby Martin who has 11 years with Park County was shot multiple times in the lower extremities, and Captain Mark Hancock, 21 years with Park County was shot in the ear.
Deputy Martin was air lifted to Saint Anthony’s in Denver, and Captain Hancock was driven to Saint Anthony’s in an ambulance.
Our thouthts and prayers are with Corporal Carrigan’s family & friends at this time.
I contacted the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and requested that they take the lead in this ongoing investigation.
The response from our brother and sister Law Enforcement Agencies, and our Community is truly heartwarming and overwhelming. We do not require addtiional resources at this time.
Sheriff Wegener would like to thank the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado State Patrol, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office the Fairplay Police Department, the Alma Police Department, our DA’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for theri assistance on this dark day.