Man accused of killing Adams County deputy silent during court appearance

Man accused of killing Adams County deputy silent during court appearance

The 22-year-old man accused of killing Adams County sheriff’s deputy Heath Gumm stood silently Wednesday morning as the judge read the charges against him.

Chief Judge Patrick Murphy read the charges Dreion Martise Dearing, who faces four counts of first-degree murder including murder of a peace officer after deliberation, felony murder of a peace officer, murder after deliberation and felony murder.

Dearing entered the courtroom in shackles and handcuffs wearing a red and gray jail jumpsuit with Adams County Jail written on the back. Eight beefy, well-armed sheriff’s deputies fanned out across the courtroom during the hearing.

District Attorney Dave Young said he has not decided whether to seek the death penalty for Dearing. Young has 63 days after Dearing’s arraignment to make that decision.

Dearing also faces charges of assault during a robbery, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and misdemeanor assault, recklessly causing injury.

Dearing, who spent two years in Colorado’s Youthful Offender System, is accused of fatally shooting Gumm. Gumm was shot in the chest on Jan. 24 by a suspect who was wanted for questioning about a dispute near a liquor store outside of Thornton.

Gumm had chased Dreion Martise Dearing, 22, into a backyard and was shot multiple times in the chest during the confrontation, Adams County authorities have said.

Gumm, 31, who was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time of the shooting, started his career as a deputy in 2012.

  • Thornton resident Michael Kapaun holds a ...

    RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

    Thornton resident Michael Kapaun holds a flag in support of Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputy Heath Gumm who was shot, in the 8700 block of Dawson Street, on Jan. 25, 2018 in Thornton. Gumm was shot in the chest by a suspect who fired several rounds from a handgun.

  • Ezekiah Lucero, 13, stops to pray ...

    RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

    Ezekiah Lucero, 13, stops to pray at a memorial for Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputy Heath Gumm at Adams County South Substation on Jan. 25, 2018 in Commerce City. The Thornton school where Lucero attends seventh grade was closed as the hunt for two other suspects continue.

  • An Adams County Sheriff Deputy wears ...

    RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

    An Adams County Sheriff Deputy wears a black band across her badge after Sheriff's Deputy Heath Gumm was gunned down on Jan. 25, 2018 in Thornton. Gumm was shot in the chest by a suspect who fired several rounds from a handgun.

  • Memorial beginning to grow at Adams ...

    RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

    Memorial beginning to grow at Adams County South Substation for Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputy Heath Gumm on Jan. 25, 2018 in Thornton. Gumm was shot in the chest by a suspect who fired several rounds from a handgun.

  • Deputies console each other near the ...

    RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

    Deputies console each other near the location where Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputy Heath Gumm was gunned down on Jan. 25, 2018 in Thornton. Gumm was shot in the chest by a suspect who fired several rounds from a handgun.

  • A flag hung down from Truck ...

    John Leyba, The Denver Post

    A flag hung down from Truck 53 and Tower 51 to form the archway as Brighton police officers stood at attention and saluted as the hearse carrying Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputy Heath Gumm arrives at the Adams county coroner on Jan. 25, 2018 in Brighton. Gumm was shot in the chest by a suspect who fired several rounds from a handgun about 7 p.m.

  • Brighton police officers wear a black ...

    John Leyba, The Denver Post

    Brighton police officers wear black ribbons over their badges and fight back tears for fallen Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputy Heath Gumm as the hearse carrying his body arrived at the Adams county coroner on Jan. 25, 2018 in Brighton. Gumm was shot in the chest by a suspect who fired several rounds from a handgun about 7 p.m.

  • A flag hung down from Truck ...

    John Leyba, The Denver Post

    A flag hung down from Truck 53 and Tower 51 to form the archway as Brighton police officers stood at attention as the procession of police cars go by. The hearse carrying Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputy Heath Gumm arrived at the Adams county coroner on Jan. 25, 2018 in Brighton. Gumm was shot in the chest by a suspect who fired several rounds from a handgun about 7 p.m.

  • Courtney Rydstrom, 20 years-old (L) and ...

    John Leyba, The Denver Post

    Courtney Rydstrom, 20, and Danielle Proctor 24, hold up signs as they wait for the procession of fallen deputy to arrive. The neighborhood surrounding the Adams County Coroner building all gathered to pay their respects to fallen Adams County Sheriff's deputy. A flag hung down from Truck 53 and Tower 51 to form the archway. Brighton police officers stood at attention and saluted as the hearse carrying Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputy Heath Gumm arrives at the Adams county coroner on Jan. 25, 2018 in Brighton. Gumm was shot in the chest by a suspect who fired several rounds from a handgun about 7 p.m.

  • Jonathan Cardenas of Henderson holds a ...

    John Leyba, The Denver Post

    Jonathan Cardenas of Henderson holds a flag as he waits for the procession to arrive. A flag hung down from Truck 53 and Tower 51 to form the archway. Brighton police officers stood at attention and saluted as the hearse carrying Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputy Heath Gumm arrives at the Adams county coroner on Jan. 25, 2018 in Brighton. Gumm was shot in the chest by a suspect who fired several rounds from a handgun about 7 p.m.

  • Brighton Fire and Brighton PD all ...

    John Leyba, The Denver Post

    Brighton Fire and Brighton PD all gathered to pay their respects to fallen Adams County Sheriff's deputy. A flag hung down from Truck 53 and Tower 51 to form the archway. Brighton police officers stood at attention and saluted as the hearse carrying Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputy Heath Gumm arrives at the Adams county coroner on Jan. 25, 2018 in Brighton. Gumm was shot in the chest by a suspect who fired several rounds from a handgun about 7 p.m.

  • Along linen of police cars make ...

    John Leyba, The Denver Post

    A long line of police cars make their way to the Adams County Coroner building. A flag hung down from Truck 53 and Tower 51 to form the archway where Brighton police officers, Brighton Fire and Adams County Sheriff's all stood at attention and saluted as the hearse carrying Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputy Heath Gumm arrived at the Adams county coroner on Jan. 25, 2018 in Brighton. Gumm was shot in the chest by a suspect who fired several rounds from a handgun about 7 p.m.

  • Adams County Sheriffs personnel fight back ...

    John Leyba, The Denver Post

    Adams County Sheriffs personnel fight back tears for fallen Adams County Deputy. The hearse carrying Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputy Heath Gumm arrived at the Adams county coroner on Jan. 25, 2018 in Brighton. Gumm was shot in the chest by a suspect who fired several rounds from a handgun about 7 p.m.

  • Brighton FD salute for fallen Adams ...

    John Leyba, The Denver Post

    Brighton FD salute fallen Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputy Heath Gumm as the hearse carrying him arrived at the Adams county coroner on Jan. 25, 2018 in Brighton. Gumm was shot in the chest by a suspect who fired several rounds from a handgun about 7 p.m.

  • Brighton police officers wear a black ...

    John Leyba, The Denver Post

    Brighton police officers wear black ribbons over their badges and fight back tears for fallen Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputy Heath Gumm as the hearse carrying his body arrived at the Adams county coroner on Jan. 25, 2018 in Brighton. Gumm was shot in the chest by a suspect who fired several rounds from a handgun about 7 p.m.

  • A flag hung down from Truck ...

    John Leyba, The Denver Post

    A flag hung down from Truck 53 and Tower 51 to form an archway as Brighton police officers and fire personnel stood for the procession. The hearse carrying Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputy Heath Gumm arrived at the Adams county coroner on Jan. 25, 2018 in Brighton.

  • Crime tape surrounds the area where ...

    RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

    Crime tape surrounds the area where Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputy Heath Gumm was gunned down on Jan. 25, 2018 in Thornton. Gumm was shot in the chest by a suspect who fired several rounds from a handgun.

  • Deputy gathers police tape near the ...

    RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

    Deputy gathers police tape near the location where Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputy Heath Gumm was gunned down on Jan. 25, 2018 in Thornton. Gumm was shot in the chest by a suspect who fired several rounds from a handgun.

  • A memorial grows at Adams County ...

    RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

    A memorial grows at Adams County South Substation for Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputy Heath Gumm on Jan. 25, 2018 in Thornton. Gumm was shot in the chest by a suspect who fired several rounds from a handgun.

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