Coroner: Slain officer was wearing protective vest |

Coroner: Slain officer was wearing protective vest

MONTROSE, Colrado – Authorities say a Montrose police sergeant was wearing a protective vest when he was shot and killed, but the fatal blast struck an unshielded area on his side.

David Kinterknecht was killed and two other officers were injured during a domestic disturbance call Saturday. Investigators say the suspected gunman, 52-year-old Dennis E. Gurney, fatally shot himself.

Montrose County Coroner Thomas Canfield says Kinterknecht had turned sideways to move around a door and was hit under his left arm between the vest’s front and back plates.

Officers Rodney Ragsdale and Larry Witte (WIT’-ee) were shot in the legs. Ragsdale was in fair condition at a Grand Junction hospital. Witte was released from a Montrose hospital Tuesday.


Information from: The Montrose Daily Press,

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