3 Loveland police officers who shot homicide suspect ID’d



The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Monday in a quiet westside Loveland neighborhood. Miles Blumhardt, milesblumhardt@coloradoan.com

Loveland police have released the names of the three officers involved in a fatal shooting of a homicide suspect in her home last week.

Officers responded to a reported homicide in a home in the 3300 block of Cuchara Court  — near Mehaffey Park’s south entrance — about 8:30 p.m. Nov. 11. An adult man, identified as 60-year-old Samuel Harding, was found dead in the garage, and members of the Loveland SWAT Team encountered an adult female suspected in the homicide investigation inside the home, according to police. 

Police said the female suspect, identified as 59-year-old Tammy Pierce, refused several commands and fired at officers — striking one in the tactical helmet — and officers returned fire. Pierce was killed in the exchange of gunfire, and one officer sustained minor injuries, according to police. 

On Monday, Loveland Police Department identified three officers who fired their weapons during the shooting:

  • Officer Paul Ashe, a 7-year veteran of the Loveland Police Department who previously worked at the Colorado State University Police Department. According to past Coloradoan reporting, Ashe was cleared of wrongdoing by the Larimer County district attorney after the April shooting of Gavin Gamez, who was suspected of robbing a Loveland Subway at gunpoint. Gamez survived a gunshot wound to his upper right chest and his criminal case is ongoing. 
  • Officer Mat Grashon, a 5-year veteran of the Loveland Police Department who previously worked at the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office in Wyoming.
  • Master Sgt. Phil Metzler, a 25-year veteran of the Loveland Police Department who began his law enforcement career with the Evans Police Department. 

The three officers on the Loveland Police Department SWAT Team were placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with the police department’s policy. 

The department has not released the name of the officer injured in the shooting. 

Harding and Pierce were in a long-term relationship and lived together in their Loveland home, according to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office. Manners and causes of death for both have not been released as of Monday morning. 

This was the fourth police shooting incident in Larimer County in 2019. There was one police shooting in 2018, five in 2017, and three in both 2015 and 2016, according to Coloradoan records.


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