BRIGHTON, Colo. — Colorado prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old man with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a sheriff’s deputy.
The Adams County District Attorney’s office says Dreion Dearing faces multiple first-degree murder charges along with first-degree burglary and other charges.
Dearing appeared at a brief court hearing Wednesday as prosecutors formally filed the charges. He is due back in court on Feb. 21.
Deputy Heath Gumm’s funeral is set for Friday. He was 31 years old and had worked for the sheriff’s office since 2012.
Police have said that Gumm and other deputies were called to a residential area north of downtown Denver on Jan. 24 for a reported fight and chased a man who ran behind the house. They said the man pulled out a handgun and opened fire.