Jury convicts Dearing in deputy's shooting death

Posted 10/29/20

An Adams County jury convicted Dreion Martise Dearing of first-degree murder Oct. 29 and sentenced him to life in prison without parole in the shooting death of Adams County Deputy Sheriff …

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Jury convicts Dearing in deputy's shooting death

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An Adams County jury convicted Dreion Martise Dearing of first-degree murder Oct. 29 and sentenced him to life in prison without parole in the shooting death of Adams County Deputy Sheriff Heath Gumm in 2018.

“This has been a long haul. But at the end of the day, we got to the just verdict. Mr. Dearing will be spending the rest of his life in prison,” District Attorney Dave Young said.

Gumm, 32, was fatally shot Jan. 24, 2018, while responding to a 911 disturbance call involving a burglary in the 8700 block of Dawson Street in Adams County. Gumm pursued suspects who fled the location. A press statement said Gumm was ambushed by Dearing, who was hiding in a backyard and fired seven shots at Gumm, hitting him twice. One of the shots entered his chest and heart, killing him.

“This is not a case about self-defense,” Young said during closing arguments, noting that Dearing brought his fully-loaded handgun to the confrontation at the apartment. “This is a case where Mr. Dearing was lying in wait, hiding, waiting for that opportunity and making a choice to point his .45-caliber handgun at Deputy Gumm and pull that trigger seven times.”

Although Gumm managed to return fire, he had been hit and was on the ground when he did so, Young said.

“He‘s firing for survival.”

Young said Dearing fled because he had just committed a burglary and saw police coming after him.

”He runs,” Young said. “He knows he’s about to get caught. The choice he makes is to hide. He pulls out his gun. Once he realizes Deputy Gumm is going to take him into custody, he takes his position on the deck to take care of his business. As Deputy Gumm came into view, he fired seven times, killing a man who was just doing his job.”
The Adams County District Court jury convicted Dearing on charges of first-degree felony murder of a peace officer, first-degree felony murder and first-degree burglary.


 

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