Kiowa County Deputy involved in fatal shooting fired

PROMO LAW Kiowa County Sheriffs Car - Chris Sorensen
Published Monday, December 28, 2020
by Chris Sorensen

Kiowa County Deputy Quinton Stump, who was involved in a fatal shooting earlier this year, was fired in late November by the Kiowa County Sheriff's Office following an off-duty incident that also involved a gun.

According to disciplinary documents from KCSO, Stump was a passenger in a vehicle during the late evening of September 24 or early morning of September 25. The documents allege that Stump was intoxicated and fired two rounds from his duty-issued firearm at a highway sign near Eads, a violation of multiple Office policies.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation was requested to assist in a review of the incident and returned a report to Corporal Josh Swanson November 13 outlining eight policy violations. While Stump was terminated for the violations, the documents note that CBI will handle a criminal investigation.

Stump's termination comes after two previous warnings.

In April, Stump and Undersheriff Tracy Weisenhorn were involved in the fatal shooting of Zachary Gifford of Eads following a traffic stop. Gifford was a passenger in the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. After a struggle, shots were fired and Gifford died from gunshot wounds. Neither Stump or Weisenhorn were injured, and both were placed on administrative leave. The investigation into that incident continues.

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