Montrose officer’s death in shootout ruled homicide
July 27, 2009
MONTROSE (AP) – A coroner has ruled the weekend shooting death of a Montrose police officer was a homicide.
Sgt. David Kinterknecht (KIN’-ter-nekt) was killed and two other officers were wounded during a domestic violence call late Saturday.
Police say the man who allegedly shot the officers was also killed, but it’s unclear whether he died from police gunfire or shot himself.
Montrose County Coroner Thomas Canfield said Monday he hasn’t made a ruling on the suspect’s death.
Police have not released his name. They say he had barricaded himself in a garage behind a house when the officers were shot.
Police Chief Tom Chinn says the two injured officers, Larry Witte and Rodney Ragsdale, were shot in their legs. He says both are doing well after surgery.