Man not drunk or high in Crawford confrontation

A Montrose County man who shot a sheriff’s deputy before turning a gun on himself last month was not under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs, according to the Montrose County Coroner’s Office.

Toxicology tests, the results of which were received late last week, showed 52-year-old Kent Calhoun had a blood-alcohol level “well below” 0.08 percent, Colorado’s legal threshold for driving under the influence of alcohol, Montrose Coroner Dr. Thomas Canfield said Monday.

The tests also showed “no drugs of abuse” in Calhoun’s system. Canfield called the results “clean.”

Calhoun died of a contact gunshot wound to the chest in what has been ruled suicide — meaning the barrel of the weapon had been placed against his chest, Canfield said. A .44-caliber revolver was recovered near Calhoun’s body.

The body was found by authorities after entering a home at 81301 E 81 Road, some eight hours after Calhoun opened fire on Montrose County sheriff’s deputies Corey Larsen and Dustin Harlow. The deputies were fired upon while trying to contact Calhoun as the suspect in a domestic violence call reported at 1:49 a.m. on March 25.

Harlow wasn’t injured while Larsen was shot in the abdomen; a protective vest he was wearing stopped a second round.

The president of the Fruitland Irrigation Co. told The Daily Sentinel Calhoun recently had been fired from his job as a ditch rider, and had 30 days to leave the Crawford-area home, after losing his driver’s license because of an alcohol-impaired driving arrest.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate the incident.


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