Witness Refutes Initial Reports of Deputy Shooting

One man tells 11 News he was in the car the night a deputy shot his friend. Christen Lea Vargas, 27, died September 13. She was driving a car that hit an El Paso County deputy. The witness tells 11 News a deputy fired before Vargas fled.

As part of the initial investigation authorities reported the deputies tried to stop Vargas, who was driving a stolen car, when she was seen at the Chief Motel in Colorado Springs. Those reports indicated Vargas drove out of the parking lot. In the process and ran over a deputy’s foot.

After being hit by the car, the deputy reportedly fired one round into the car. According to the witness, including himself, there were four people in the car that night, including Brittney Angel who is still at large.

"I was stuck there having to watch my home girl die in my arms," he said.

He told 11 News Angel paid to stay a night at the motel the night of the 13th, and jumped in the car when she saw the deputies.

Those deputies surrounded the car on three sides. One of them told Vargas to put the car in park.

The witness said she was in the process of complying when the deputy fired.

He said Vargas, who was hit, sped away running over a deputy's foot. The witness said Angel grabbed the wheel while the car was moving and was only thinking about making an escape.

"She said she didn't want to go to jail, so she wasn't going to the hospital," he said.

Vargas died and was found hours later in the car which was left in the Memorial Hospital parking lot.

Colorado Springs police are still investigating the case. Calls made to CSPD Wednesday night were not returned before the time of publication. Two El Paso County deputies at the scene that night have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Brittney Angel is wanted on charges of felony eluding and tampering with evidence. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

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