First court appearance for Troopers charged with shooting Jason Kemp

Corporal Kirk Firko

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Two Colorado State Troopers indicted by a Grand Jury in the death of Jason Kemp made their first court appearances Tuesday morning.

Trooper Ivan Lawyer was indicted on six counts, including criminally negligent homicide and Corporal Kirk Firko was indicted on five counts, including first degree criminal trespassing.

Their cases were continued Tuesday morning.

Both are on unpaid administrative leave. According to the indictment, Kemp was shot by Lawyer July 20. CSP had been called out to a hit-and-run accident in the Redlands and went to Kemp’s home to investigate.

The indictment says Kemp refused to answer his door so Lawyer eventually kicked it in. Lawyer says he saw Kemp standing in the dark and when Kemp raised his arm like he was holding a gun, Lawyer shot him.

Lawyer says he started CPR immediately but was unable to save Kemp.

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