Quenten Stump

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Service Record

Agency Norwood Colorado Marshal's Office
Rank Deputy Marshal
Dates of Service June 2018[1] - approximately July 2018[2]
Last Known Status Terminated[2]
Agency Kit Carson County Colorado Sheriff's Department
Rank Deputy
Dates of Service Approximately August 2019 - December 2019.[3]
Last Known Status Terminated[3]
Agency Kiowa County Colorado Sheriff's Office
Rank Deputy
Dates of Service Hired April 2019.[3]
Last Known Status Terminated

Incident Reports

Quenten Stump

2019 Vehicle Pursuit

On October 31, 2019, Stump chased a vehicle at speeds over 100 miles per hour through a less-populated area. The chase continued into a populated area, where the car crashed into a restaurant.[4]

2019 Arrest of Luis Hernandez

On December 6, 2019, Stump joined a vehicle pursuit. When Hernandez made a u-turn, Stump rammed the driver's side of the vehicle, disabling it and knocking Hernandez unconscious.[4]

Hernandez was charged with felony eluding. The charges were later dismissed.[4]

2019 Shooting of Christopher Corbett

On December 25, 2019, Stump pursued Corbett, who was suspected of driving a stolen vehicle. Corbett's vehicle got stuck. As Stump approached, Corbett was able to free the vehicle. Stump shot as Corbett drove away. Corbett later abandoned his vehicle and was apprehended.[4]

Corbett was charged with driving offenses and eluding. The charges were later dismissed.[4]

2019 Arrest of Christian Forney

In December 2019, Stump ticketed Forney for speeding and driving with a suspended license. Forney was handcuffed and placed in the patrol car while Stump returned to Forney's car to speak with the passenger. After Forney banged his head against the back of the front seat, Stump returned to the vehicle, removed Forney from the back seat, threw him into a ditch, wrestled him down, and kneed him until other officers arrived.[3]

2020 Vehicle Pursuit

In January 2020, Stump was pursuing a vehicle when he lost control, went through a fence, and crashed into a ditch.[4]

Response Timeline

The Sheriff found that Stump had "failed to provide due regard for the safety of the public" and suspended Stump for one day, with pay.[4]

2020 Insubordination

On April 8, 2020, Stump was accused of being insubordinate to supervisors, using vulgar and insulting name calling, refusing to accept help or learn from other deputies, refusing to obey commands of supervisors, and mocking and questioning his supervisor's decisions.[4][5]

Response Timeline

Stump was issued a warning by his supervisor, Tracy Weisenhorn, and suspended for one day, beginning the next day, April 9, 2020.[4]

2020 Death of Zach Gifford

Stump was working on the day of the shooting, although he had been suspended the prior day.[4]

Response Timeline

By April 15, 2020, Stump was placed on paid administrative leave.[6]

On January 12, 2021, Stump was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. The three felony counts each carry a sentence from 10 to 32 years.[2][7]

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.[5][4]

In April 2022, the county reached a $9.5M settlement with the family which also requires improved use-of-force training.[8]

2020 Firearm Discharge

On September 24, 2020 Stump was drunk and riding as a passenger in a car while off-duty. He fired twice at a highway sign with his duty weapon.[2]

Response Timeline

On November 20, 2020, Stump was fired for violating several departmental policies.[9]

LEO Ratings

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

References

  1. Regan Tuttle, Town hires new deputy marshal, Telluride News, 2018-06-27
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 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
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 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
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 Gifford v Weisenhorn, U.S. District Court, 2021-10-20
  5. 5.0 5.1 Susan Greene, Fatal shooting lawsuit alleges culture of excessive force in Kiowa County, Denver Post, 2021-10-20
  6. Update--Officer-Involved Shooting in Kiowa County, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, 2020-04-15
  7. Affidavit for Arrest Warrant Stump, Kiowa County Combined Court, 2021-01-12
  8. 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
  9. Stump Termination Letter, Kiowa County Sheriff's Office, 2020-11-20