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On February 9, 2020, a female inmate who was booked into the Larimer County Jail on domestic violence charges became uncooperative and entered an area of the jail where she was prohibited. She was confronted by a deputy who directed her to return to an authorized area, however she did not comply.  The deputy removed the inmate from the prohibited area and forcefully pushed her into a cell where she fell to the ground.  Jail staff immediately reported the incident to supervisors. 

After an initial review of the incident, criminal and internal investigations were launched, and the deputy was placed on paid administrative leave.  Investigators met with the district attorney’s office and the decision was made to charge the deputy with assault.  On February 21, jail deputy Ricardo Gurrola was issued a summons for 3rd Degree Assault (class 1 misdemeanor).  Gurrola was hired as a jail deputy in June 2017.

The internal investigation is ongoing.

In addressing the incident, Sheriff Smith shared, “Maintaining order and discipline in jails is a very difficult task. Deputies are routinely confronted with disruptive and dangerous behavior inside our jail. Statutes grant deputies authority to use reasonable and necessary force to maintain order. The use of force in this incident was not clear cut and created concerns for our office, so the appropriate investigations have been initiated. We will hold out making judgments until these processes have been completed. It is important for the community to know that we are transparent in our actions and we hold our staff to the highest of professional standards.”

The charges are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

Published on: 
Monday, February 24, 2020 - 1:49pm
Contact Details: 

Public Information Officer
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
(970)980-2501 |  Email

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