DA Clears Loveland Officers of Wrongdoing in Fatal Shooting
Three Loveland police officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing in a fatal November shooting.
According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, District Attorney Clifford Riedal said the officer's actions that day were justified.
Police arrived at 3376 Cuchara Court early on November 11 after receiving a call from Margaret Harding, who feared that her daughter-in-law, Tammy Pierce, may have killed her husband.
Harding informed police there were guns and dogs inside of Pierce's home. Officers original attempt to contact Pierce was unsuccessful.
Officer Scott Walker arrived at the home for the second time around 7:20 p.m., but no one answered.
He then found an unlocked door that lead to the garage. When he peered through the door's window, he saw a man lying on the ground with severe wounds. A SWAT team was called to the residence.
The team and a K-9 unit showed up at the house at 8:45 p.m.
Officer Paul Ashe entered the home, and heard a woman moaning the phrase "I am already dead." He could not see the woman, but noticed a black revolver on the living room floor.
The woman started to crawl towards the revolver, ignoring Ashe's commands for her to put her hands up. She grabbed the revolver and fired two rounds, hitting Ashe in his ballistic helmet.
Ashe and several other officers then fired at the woman, identified as 59-year old Tammy Pierce. She died from her injuries.
The man in the garage was identified as Pierce's husband, 60-year-old Samuel Harding.
Police believe that Harding had been dead for three to five days before they arrived, assuming that Pierce killed him between November 6 and November 8.
After reviewing the evidence, the DA determined that Pierce was the only person present at the scene that had committed criminal offences, stating that the officer's actions were "legal, necessary, and appropriate."