By Brian Maass
PARK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – CBS4 has learned that a former Park County Deputy Travis Threlkel has now joined a lawsuit against the Park County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Fred Wegener over the fatal 2016 eviction that left Deputy Nate Carrigan dead.READ MORE: Jeffco Public Schools Aims To Offer Flexibility With Remote Learning Next Fall
According to federal court documents, Threlkel joined the federal lawsuit Wednesday. Threlkel was one of six deputies sent to the home of Martin Wirth Feb. 24, 2016, to evict Wirth from his home.
When deputies, including Threlkel, entered the home, Wirth opened fire, killing deputy Carrigan and wounding two other deputies — Kolby Martin and Cpt. Mark Hancock — who both survived. Wirth was also killed in the shootout.
Carrigan’s family, along with Martin, filed the federal lawsuit saying the eviction operation was botched and mishandled from the start. They called command decisions made that day “grossly negligent” and the deaths and injuries “entirely preventable.”
They pointed out that Wirth had made multiple threats against police and contend a SWAT team should have been used for the high-risk eviction.READ MORE: COVID In Aurora: Signs For Vaccine Become Sticking Point Between Clinic & City
Contacted Wednesday afternoon, the Carrigan’s attorney, Don Sisson, was asked about Threlkel joining the lawsuit.
“Deputy Threlkel was victimized by the dangerous decision making of the Park County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Fred Wegener, and Cpt. Mark Hancock, that was entirely preventable,” Sisson said.
Sisson went on to say that Threlkel joined the lawsuit because he “could no longer stand idly by and felt he had to take action by joining this lawsuit to ensure that what happened to him, Kolby Martin and Nate Carrigan never happens to another deputy in Park County.”
According to online profiles, Threlkel began working for the Park County sheriff in 2014 but left his job with the sheriff’s office in January of this year.MORE NEWS: Douglas County Schools To Bring Middle & High School Students Back After Spring Break