BAILEY, Colo. – The Latest on the shooting of three deputies in Colorado (all times local):
A Colorado sheriff says deputies serving an eviction notice followed a resident into his house to ensure he wouldn't get away and didn't expect things to turn violent.
Authorities say Martin Wirth came out with a rifle Wednesday and opened fire, killing a deputy and wounding two others before dying in a shootout.
Despite Wirth's anti-police views, Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener told reporters Thursday that deputies thought he was more likely to run away than shoot at them.
Wegener says a previous attempt to evict Wirth in 2014 ended peacefully after he talked to the sheriff's office. Activists had planned to protest at his home outside the mountain community of Bailey.
The sheriff says the deputies didn't force a violent confrontation but Wirth did.
A man who fatally shot a Colorado sheriff's deputy and wounded two others was acquitted of killing a man during a chess game more than two decades ago.
Jurors in 1994 found Martin Wirth not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his 24-year-old neighbor during an argument in Fort Collins. It's about 100 miles northeast of the home near the town of Bailey where deputies went Wednesday to evict Wirth. He opened fire and then died in the shootout.
In the earlier slaying, the Coloradoan newspaper reported at the time that prosecutors said the two were arguing inside the victim's house and Wirth left to get a revolver.
Wirth testified that the man provoked him to come outside and then lunged for his gun. Wirth shot him twice in the chest.
Jurors told the newspaper they were conflicted about the verdict.