State investigates fatal shooting near Meeker

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is investigating a fatal shooting near Meeker involving a Rio Blanco County sheriff's deputy.

The deputy shot and killed Everett Link, 39, on Friday at about 11:30 p.m., Rio Blanco County Sheriff Si Woodruff said Sunday. The sheriff refused to name the officer.

Link, who lived west of Meeker on Piceance Creek Road, led officers on a short chase in his 1984 Chevy half-ton pickup after they had arrived near his residence in response to a domestic disturbance Friday evening. The chase ended on a private gravel road with Link exposing a 10-guage semiautomatic shotgun.

"He was chased to where he stopped his truck and while he was in the act of getting the gun, the officer took his life," Woodruff said.

Woodruff refused to elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation.

Two CBI evidence technicians and two CBI agents investigated the scene Saturday, Woodruff said. The agents took statements from the officers.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in the department, Woodruff said.

Woodruff said he couldn't speculate how long the officer would be on leave.

The shooting took place about a mile from a residence where Link allegedly fired a weapon several times Friday evening, including once in the direction of a woman, Woodruff said. A department press release identified the woman as Link's girlfriend, but the sheriff called her an ex-girlfriend.

"There had been a report of, basically, felony menacing and domestic violence," Woodruff said. "A victim and her daughter escaped from the residence and notified the department."

Five officers from the Rio Blanco Sheriff's Office and the Meeker Police Department set up a perimeter around the residence. Next to the woman's residence is a trailer where Link lived, the sheriff said.

Woodruff expects to have an autopsy completed soon, possibly as early as today.

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