Preliminary autopsy: Man who shot deputy killed self with shot to chest

KENT CALHOUN: Neighbors identified him as living in home

The man who shot a Montrose County deputy in the early hours Monday near Crawford killed himself with a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to preliminary autopsy results released today by the Montrose County coroner.

Kent Calhoun was found dead in his home at 81301 E-81 Road Monday morning, after law enforcement agencies raided the home. Earlier, Calhoun allegedly shot Montrose County Sheriff’s Deputy Cory Larsen twice, with one bullet striking Larsen’s protective vest and the other entering his abdomen. Larsen was released from St. Mary’s Hospital Tuesday and is expected to make a full recovery.

Law enforcement was called to Calhoun’s home on report of a domestic violence incident reported by a woman earlier that night.

The coroner said today that the firearm used by Calhoun in the deputy’s shooting and his alleged suicide was a .44-caliber revolver. Toxicology reports on Calhoun are pending.

Calhoun was a ditch rider for an irrigation company in the Gould Reservoir area and was recently fired from that job when he lost his driver’s license due to an arrest last year for an alcohol-related traffic offense.

Read the full story in the Thursday edition of the Daily Sentinel.


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