PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4)– Two deputies with the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office were hurt when a gunman opened fire during a standoff. It happened New Year’s Day in Pueblo West on Tenderfoot Lane.
The suspect was reportedly calling in threats to Tennessee State Patrol and the Tennessee Capitol building. The suspect was taken into custody and the home evacuated while investigators searched for possible explosives at the home. The bomb squad was called to the home and after hours of searching turned up nothing, they cleared the home.
Neighbors asked to shelter in place were allowed to resume their normal activities. The home where the standoff occurred has been cordoned off.
What sparked the standoff and subsequent shooting is being investigated. The injured deputies were rushed to the hospital, one with injuries to the head and the other with injuries to the shoulder.
The sheriff’s office spokesman said, “They are going to make a full recovery.”
The deputies have been identified as Deputy Berumen, 30, who has been with the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office for 4 years and Sgt. Rude, 40, who has been with the agency for 6 years. Both were released from the hospital on Friday night.
Investigators said the suspect, identified as Eddie Lovins, 48, wasn’t just shooting at the deputies, because they found bullet holes in vehicles and surrounding homes.
“He continued to fire rounds from inside his home,” said one Pueblo Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Lovins is a veteran. He is facing several charges including attempted murder.
Pueblo West is located northwest of Pueblo.