- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

DENVER (AP) - The family of a Park County sheriff’s deputy who was shot and killed while trying to evict a man from his mountain home is suing the department over his death.

In a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, Cpl. Nate Carrigan’s family says sheriff’s department leadership should have known 58-year-old Martin Wirth was dangerous when they went to evict him from his home in Bailey in February. The suit says officials ignored their own training in responding to the threat.

Sheriff Fred Wegener says he has not seen the lawsuit.

Two other deputies were injured, and Wirth, a political activist who had previous run-ins with police, was killed in the gun battle. Authorities have said they considered, but ultimately rejected, sending in a SWAT team that day. Instead, they sent a team of six deputies.

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