By CBS Denver
The suspected gunman in the slaying of Deputy Heath Gumm has been identified, but the search for two more suspects continues in Adams County.
Dreion Dearing, 22, was arrested overnight following the shooting, which took place near East 88th Avenue and Washington Street in the Thornton area.
Police said Gumm, 31, was shot Wednesday sometime after 7 p.m. when he confronted a man suspected of an assault.
The suspected gunman was arrested and taken into custody sometime after that.
Adams County Sheriff Michael McIntosh said the Gumm was wearing a vest when he was shot, “He was wearing a vest.”
“I’m wearing a vest… and there are places that are not protected by the vest and sometimes we see that in these shootings.”
On Thursday, police were conducting an extensive search for two other suspects in the case that were involved in the altercation before the shooting.
Investigators used drones to help narrow their search area.
(The Adams County Sheriff’s Office said it has a suspect in custody, who deputies believe was the person who shot and killed Deputy Heath Gumm Wednesday night. Courtesy of KOAA 5 and YouTube. Posted on Jan 25, 2018)
“Please be patient with us as we continue to investigate.”
Numerous schools in Adams County were closed Thursday because of the police activity.
The outpouring of support for Gumm was immediate following the news of his death.
Law enforcement agencies raced to Denver Health Medical Center to provide a procession as the deputy’s body was moved to Adams County.
Firefighters put up American flags and strangers lined the streets in support.
On Thursday morning the support and grieving continued as Colorado’s governor ordered flags lowered to half staff.
He remembered Gumm as a man doing his job to protect others in comments to reporters.
(Deputy Heath Gumm, 32, was shot and killed while responding to a call in Thornton Wednesday night. Courtesy of Denver7 – The Denver Channel and YouTube. Posted on Jan 25, 2018)
“It seems like again and again. It’s the good guy — the best of the best are the ones that sometimes go down,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said.
“The whole state’s heart is going to break. It has broken. It’s cracked in two.
The Colorado House of Representatives also held a moment of silence at the start of Thursday’s session.
An impromptu memorial was set up Thursday at 72nd Avenue and Colorado Boulevard and people came by to pay their respects.
It’s located outside an Adams County Sheriff’s substation where it’s assumed Gumm worked.
“Without them, heaven knows what this world would be like,” said Pat Aragon, who CBS4 interviewed at the memorial.
“They do a good job for all of us, and they put their lives on the line every day 24 hours a day, and we appreciate their service.”
(Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm was shot and killed Wednesday night. Courtesy of CBS Denver and YouTube. Posted on Jan 25, 2018)
“It’s extremely important to show support for people who lay down their life for everyone,” said Rebecca Cattnach.
“Officers saved me during my younger days and officers are doing their job of protecting the people,” said Bob Crespen.
“They helped me out in my past and I give blessing to their family and all the police officers.”
Gumm leaves behind a wife and family. He had been working for the Adams County Sheriff’s Office since 2012. He was a graduate of Mullen High School in Denver.
“Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers,” said Adams County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Amanda Overton.
In their Facebook post, the sheriff’s office said Gumm’s nickname in the department was Gummball.
Donations for Gumm’s family can be made on the Adams County Sheriff’s Foundation website.
The family also asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation.
The Colorado Police Officers Foundation also set up a fundraiser for his family.
Information about a memorial service will be placed at a later date at adamssheriff.org.
(The Family of slain Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm released a statement thanking the public for the outpouring of support while still requesting privacy going forward. Sheriff Michael McIntosh read the letter during a press conference at the police substation Friday, January 26, 2018. McIntosh also explained some details of the events of a disturbance or “physical fight” that was the reason for the original call to police. Courtesy of the Denver Post and YouTube. Posted on Jan 26, 2018)
Editor’s note: Our condolences to the ACSD. Our thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Gum’s family. May you rest in peace Sir.