Words from the family of fallen officer Garrett Swasey
|Officer Garrett Swasey was shot and killed as he responded|
to police calls relating to a shooter at the Colorado Springs
Statement of Rachel Swasey, wife of Garrett Swasey:
The family of Officer Garrett Swasey sincerely thanks everyone for their support during this very difficult time. Our loss cannot be expressed in words.
While the nation now knows Garrett as a hero who gave his life for others, he was also a devoted husband of 17 years and a wonderful father to his two children. His greatest joys were his family, his church, and his profession.
We will cherish his memory, especially those times he spent tossing the football to his son and snuggling with his daughter on the couch.
Garrett was born in Melrose, Massachusetts. After a successful career in ice skating, Garrett found his calling as a police officer. Helping others brought him deep satisfaction and being a police officer was a part of him.
|Garrett Swasey was a professional skater before he became a police officer.|
In the end, his last act was for the safety and wellbeing of others and was a tribute to his life. What we need most today, and in the coming weeks, is your prayers for our family and for others who were impacted by this tragedy.
We are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of love that has come from the community and across the nation.
We understand this is a public tragedy felt by many and we also appreciate your support for us to grieve privately.
Donations to help the family can be made to Youcaring.com.
Robert Dear Accused of shooting:
Robert Lewis Dear, a recent resident of Hartsel, Colorado, is being held as the primary suspect in the shooting that killed 3 people, including Officer Swasey. Dear was reported to have said "No more baby parts" after the shooting. Some right wing web posters applauded the man who others say committed domestic terrorism.
Dear was reported to be mostly anti-social as he made few friends in his new home in the ranching community of Hartsel, Colorado. Dear bought a 4.72 acre property in October of 2014. The parcel had no water, sewer or electricity. Dear moved an RV onto the property anyways.
|Dear mobile home near Swannanoa, N.C.|
Dear was reportedly "starting over" after being charged as a "peeping tom" and with animal abuse in North Carolina. Neighbors kept clear of the man who seemed to make little sense and who rarely appeared to be friendly.
President Obama has renewed his call for gun control after Dear entered a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic and opened fire with a "long rifle", more recently identified as an assault rifle.