Tracy Weisenhorn

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Service Record

Agency Prowers County Colorado Sheriff's Office
Rank Deputy[1]
Agency Granada Colorado Police Department[1]
Agency Colorado Parks and Wildlife[1]
Rank Officer
Agency Leadville Colorado Police Department
Rank Detective (2020)[2]
Dates of Service Hired June 2019[1]
Agency Kiowa County Colorado Sheriff's Office
Rank Undersheriff[3]
Dates of Service Hired January 2020[4]
Salary $33,571[5]
Last Known Status Terminated[3]

Incident Reports

Weisenhorn was a School Resource Officer in Leadville but was removed after the School District expressed dissatisfaction with her performance.[6]

2020 Death of Zach Gifford

Response Timeline

By April 15, 2020, Weisenhorn was placed on paid administrative leave.[7]

On March 8, 2021, Weisenhorn was fired.[8]

On October 20, 2021, Gifford's family filed a lawsuit against the officers, claiming violation of Gifford's rights under the Fourth Amendment for excessive force, and against the County and the Sheriff for training and oversight issues.[9][8]

In April 2022, the county reached a $9.5M settlement with the family which also requires improved use-of-force training.[3]

LEO Ratings

Training and Tactics rating: bad
Protect & Serve rating: neutral
Individual Rights rating: bad
Accountability and Integrity rating: neutral
Off Duty rating: neutral
Ratings Definitions


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Rachel Woolworth, Meet your new local law enforcement officers, Herald Democrat, 2019-06-19
  2. Special Council Meeting Minutes, City of Leadville, 2020-01-14
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Susan Greene, Kiowa County reaches $9.5 million settlement with family of unarmed man shot in back by sheriff’s deputies, Denver Post, 2022-04-19
  4. Susan Greene, Three Bullets to the Back: How a KCSO Traffic Stop Ended in the Fatal Shooting of Zach Gifford, Kiowa County Independent, 2021-03-11
  5. Susan Greene, What happened to Zach Gifford? A look at a traffic stop turned police shooting in a small Colorado town, Denver Post, 2021-03-18
  6. Marcia Martinek, LPD departures ‘not uncommon’, Leadville Herald, 2019-10-09
  7. Update--Officer-Involved Shooting in Kiowa County, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, 2020-04-15
  8. 8.0 8.1 Gifford v Weisenhorn, U.S. District Court, 2021-10-20
  9. Susan Greene, Fatal shooting lawsuit alleges culture of excessive force in Kiowa County, Denver Post, 2021-10-20