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Flags lowered in honor of slain Colorado deputy

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DENVER -

7:40 a.m.
  
Colorado's governor has ordered all flags on state buildings lowered in honor of a sheriff's deputy shot and killed north of Denver.
  
Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday that all flags should remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Adams County Sheriff's Deputy Heath Gumm's funeral.
  
The order comes as officers search for two more men wanted in connection with Wednesday night's shooting in a residential area about 8 miles (13 kilometers) north of downtown Denver. Some schools in the area are closed because of the search.
  
The sheriff's office says Gumm was shot after deputies were called to an "assault in progress" and saw one of the suspects run behind a house. A sheriff's spokeswoman says that suspect pulled a handgun and shot the deputy in the chest before fleeing.
  
The alleged gunman was found and taken into custody shortly after the shooting.
  
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3:05 a.m.
  
Authorities say a sheriff's deputy was shot to death during a confrontation north of Denver and that one suspect has been taken into custody and a manhunt is on for two others.
  
A spokeswoman for The Adams County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to an "assault in progress" Wednesday night and saw one of the suspects run behind a house. She says that suspect pulled a handgun and shot the deputy in the chest before fleeing. He was taken into custody a short time later.
  
Investigators set a large perimeter in their search for two other suspects.
  
The deputy's name and age have not been released, and the spokeswoman did not release any other information about what led to the shooting in a residential area about 8 miles (13 kilometers) north of downtown Denver.

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Update: In a press conference late Wednesday night a spokesperson with the Adams County Sheriff's Office reported that a suspect wanted in the shooting of a Colorado sheriff's deputy was taken into custody after a search.

The sheriff's office says the deputy was shot in the chest while responding to a reported assault in Thornton. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Investigators say they are still searching for two additional suspects described as light skinned black males or dark skinned Hispanic males dressed in all black.

Investigators say the crime scene is still active even though a suspect has been arrested.

Update: A Colorado deputy has been killed Wednesday night in the city of Thornton, outside Denver.

Sources confirmed with KUSA that the Adams County deputy died. Investigators were still searching for the suspect and a large perimeter was set up in the area.

Additional details were not immediately available.

Previous coverage:

The Adams County Sheriff's Office in Colorado is investigating after an officer down call Wednesday night. Law enforcement says the suspect is still on the run.

In a tweet Wednesday night, the Adams County Sheriff's Office told residents in the area of 88th Avenue and Dawson on the Thornton-Denver city line to stay inside and away from doors and windows.

A large perimeter has been set up Wednesday to search for the suspect. 

The deputy's condition is unknown at this time.

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