Coroner: Man who killed officer was legally drunk
September 23, 2009
MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) – A coroner says a man who shot and killed a Montrose police officer before committing suicide had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit for driving.
Montrose County Coroner Thomas Canfield said Monday that Dennis Gurney’s blood-alcohol level was 0.214. The threshold for drunken driving is 0.08.
Canfield says Gurney had no prescription drugs or narcotics in his system.
Investigators say the 52-year-old Gurney shot three Montrose officers on July 25, killing Sgt. David Kinterknecht and wounding officers Rodney Ragsdale and Larry Witte.
Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn says Witte and Ragsdale are recovering but haven’t returned to work.