Montrose shooting July 26, 2009
MONTROSE — A Montrose police officer was killed and two officers were wounded last night in a shootout at a Montrose residence.
Police responded to the home at 16915 64.50 Road around 8:30 p.m. to a reported domestic disturbance in which a man was barricaded in his garage. The shooting occurred around 9:50 p.m.
Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn confirmed that Sgt. David Kinterknecht, a 10-year veteran of the Montrose Police Department, was shot and killed. Officers Larry Witte and Rodney
Ragsdale were shot and wounded in the legs, Chinn said.
Ragdale was taken by helicopter last night to St. Mary’s Hospital and was out of surgery this morning, Chinn said. Witte also was out of surgery this morning. Both officers are doing well, Chinn said, and know that Kinterkneccht was killed.
Chinn said the suspect was killed and investigators were trying to determine whether he was shot by police or he shot himself.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident along with the Montrose Police Department and Montrose County Sheriff’s Department.
A neighbor of the home where the shooting occurred said he heard approximately 12 shots in five seconds after police responded to a domestic dispute.
The home is near the Cobble Creek Golf Course in an affluent area of Montrose.
According to the Montrose County Assessor’s Office Web site, the home where the shooting occurred is owned by Dennis and Pamela Gurney and has an assessed value of more than $600,000.
Kinterknecht started with the department in the 1980s as cadet. He worked for a time as a deputy in the San Miguel Sheriff’s Department before joining the Montrose department, Chinn said.
“He was one of those kids who lived and breathed police work,” he added. “He grew up here. He was always here.”
Kinterknecht leaves behind a wife and several children, Chinn said.
Last night’s incident is a nightmare for any police chief, department and community to endure, Chinn said.
“I can’t think of anything worse,” he said.