Denver Deputy Threatened On Way To Work, Shoots At Suspect

A major roadway in Denver was closed for a few hours Wednesday morning while authorities investigated a deputy-involved shooting.

The deputy was on his way to work early when he got involved in an altercation with another driver.

Sister station KCNC says the deputy was stopped at a red light, and got out of his car to speak with the driver in the car next to him. The Denver Police Department says its unknown what was said between the two.

After the incident, the driver sped off, then began backing up as though he or she was trying to hit the deputy's vehicle. The deputy felt threatened and shot at the driver.

The deputy was in his personal truck at the time, but was in uniform.

The suspect got away, but the deputy was able to get a description of the vehicle: a dark green or black Jeep Cherokee.

The incident occurred on Colfax near I-25. Colfax was closed in both directions between Federal and Osage while authorities investigated the scene. As of 7:30 a.m. it has been reopened.

We are working to get more information.