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Deputy Sheriff Derek Geer
Mesa County (CO) Sheriff's Department
Deputy Sheriff Geer died of gunshot wounds sustained on February 8, 2016. Deputy Geer responded to a call of a man with a gun, came upon the suspect while on foot and engaged the suspect in an interview. During the interview, the suspect began to flee and Deputy Geer deployed his taser. The suspect then produced a handgun and shot Deputy Geer several times. Deputy Geer was transported to the hospital where he remained on life support until February 10, 2016. The suspect was apprehended an hour after the shooting. Deputy Geer is the fourth officer to have been shot and killed in 2016 and the first officer fatality from the state of Colorado.