Services today for slain Montrose officer

By SENTINEL STAFF

Law enforcement representatives from across Colorado and the United States are expected to be in Montrose today for services honoring slain Montrose Police Sgt. David Kinterknecht.

“We’re expecting a lot more folks than we can fit into Lloyd McMillan Gymnasium (Montrose High School),” Police Chief Tom Chinn said.

Services are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at the gym.

Chinn said an anticipated overflow crowd will be able to watch a live broadcast of the service nearby in a building just south of the gym.

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, among others, is expected to speak.

Also open to the public, graveside services are scheduled afterward at Cedar Cemetery.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, among other agencies, will provide services such as traffic control for today’s events, Chinn said.

“From (Mesa County Sheriff) Stan Hilkey to (Grand Junction Police Chief) Bill Gardner, people from both their staffs interacting with our officer down there (at St. Mary’s Hospital), it’s all been overwhelming,” Chinn said.

Chinn said officer Rodney Ragsdale was released Thursday from St. Mary’s, where he’s been since Saturday night after the shooting at 16915 64.50 Road, in which

Kinterknecht was killed and Ragsdale and officer Larry Witte were wounded.

Witte was released earlier this week from Montrose Memorial Hospital.

“You’re talking about weeks, possibly months before they’re able to return to duty,” Chinn said.

Montrose County offices will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today to show respect to the Kinterknecht family. County offices also will be closed to allow employees to participate in the funeral procession in downtown Montrose by lining the streets to show their support.


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