State Patrol cadet assigned to Pagosa Springs killed in accident

Thyfault-Taylor-JThe Colorado State Patrol cadet trooper who was killed in Weld County May 23 was set to become one of the newest troopers in Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County following his training.

The cadet, Taylor Thyfault, 21, was nearing completion of his training at the CSP academy at Camp George West in Golden when he was killed, and was set to begin his field training in Pagosa in a few weeks, CSP Master Trooper Doug Wiersma indicated in an email to The SUN.

At the time he was killed, Thyfault was doing a ride-along with Trooper Clinton Rushing, 37.

The pair were clearing an accident scene when they received word that troopers down the road were chasing a suspect who was evading capture in a Honda.

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