Eads man shot dead by Kiowa County deputies is identified

A 39-year-old man from Eads and the Kiowa County sheriff’s deputies who shot and killed him last week have been identified.

Zachary Gifford was shot on April 9 during a traffic stop at the intersection of Colorado 96 and Main Street in Brandon, according to the Colorado Department of Public Safety.

Undersheriff Tracy Weisenhorn and Deputy Quentin Stump are on administrative leave from the sheriff’s office as an investigation into the shooting continues, according to a news release from the department.

Gifford was a passenger in a pickup that was pulled over, and he attempted to run away, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said in an earlier news release. A struggle ensued, and shots were fired. Investigators have not said whether Gifford was armed.

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