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Man killed in shootout with Montezuma County deputies

Shootout occurred west of Pleasant View

A suspect involved in a shootout with two Montezuma County sheriff deputies was killed Tuesday evening at a residence west of Pleasant View, according to Sheriff Steve Nowlin.

Tyrone Orvy Peabody, 53, was fatally shot by deputies after firing upon them as they responded to a family disturbance call at 23345 County Road 12 about 9 p.m.

“The suspect was armed and firing at officers,” Nowlin said. “There was return fire, and he was fatally shot.”

He died at the scene, Nowlin said.

At least one other person, an unidentified woman, was at the residence at the time.

No further information was released pending the investigation, which will be handled by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the 22nd Judicial District.

As part of normal procedures, the deputies were put on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

Nowlin said it appears the the deputies followed proper protocol for appropriate force.

“All indications are that they followed policy and the law,” he said.

Nowlin said both deputies have received training in use of proper force. One has been with the sheriff’s office for five years; the other, for about one year.

The deputies’ names were not released.

Peabody has had previous run-ins with deputies and had a criminal record, Nowlin said.

In May 2014, a deputy arrested Peabody after a car chase on County Road CC and charged him with DUI and speeding, according to sheriff’s office reports at the time. A deputy who responded to provide backup rolled his vehicle, which came to rest upside down. A Colorado State Patrol officer and a deputy had questioned Peabody at his home earlier that day, based on a complaint that he had been driving erratically, but they didn’t make an arrest.

In 2013, Peabody was convicted of careless driving and was sentenced to 12 months’ probation. That same year, he was convicted of illegal weapons possession and received 12 months’ probation, and was forced to forfeit the weapon.

Nowlin said the deputies were aware of Peabody’s history when they responded to the call.

“We always send two deputies to domestic disturbance calls,” he said.


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