Grand County man shot, killed by sheriff’s deputy |

Grand County man shot, killed by sheriff’s deputy


GRAND COUNTY – A Grand County man was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy Sunday after a confrontation on Parshall Divide near Hot Sulphur Springs.The fatal shooting on County Road 20 occurred when Hot Sulphur Springs resident Larry Kuzinar was contacted by deputy Kim Wilken after a resident called to report that Kuzinar had been acting strangely earlier in the day, according to a report in the Middle Park Times.Wilken tried to calm Kuzinar’s aggravated state as he “shouted a lot of profanity at her,” according to the news story. A struggle ensued, Wilken unsuccessfully used pepper spray on Kuzinar, and continued to struggle with him until she fatally shot him.Grand County emergency services personnel were staged close by to the incident and responded within about two minutes of the shooting. Attempts to revive Kuzinar were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.A resident had seen Kuzinar early Sunday afternoon with an unidentified woman, who said that Kuzinar had a gun, the Middle Park Times reported. The resident then called his wife and said Kuzinar was acting strangely and had a weapon. The resident’s wife called the sheriff’s office.When Wilken reached Kuzinar at the scene, the woman who had accompanied Kuzinar had apparently fled on foot. A gun reportedly belonging to Kuzinar was found at the scene, the Middle Park Times reported. Wilken was placed on leave as the incident is investigated by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Grand County district attorney and the county coroner.

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