A witness to a deputy-involved shooting says a KKTV 11 News report contributed to a suspect's decision to turn herself in.
The witness says that Brittney Angel's mother saw our report Wednesday night and convinced her daughter to surrender. Angel's mother reportedly drove her to the county jail, where she was taken into custody just before 1 a.m. Thursday.
In an e-mailed response to KKTV Thursday night, a woman who identifies herself as Angel's mother writes, "Brittney was scared and did not know how to handle things alone so she reached out for my help. I did not pressure her in any way she made the choice 100 percent on her own."
She goes on to indicate Angel had been considering turning herself in for days before the report aired.
"I am most sorry for the loss of life and my heart and prayers go out to [Christen Lea Vargas'] family and friends," her message said.
Angel was wanted on charges of of felony eluding and tampering with evidence.
She was allegedly in the car that ran over a deputy’s foot on Tuesday, September 13, outside the Chief Motel on South Nevada around 7:30 p.m. After the deputy was hit by the car, he fired into the vehicle. The bullet struck Christen Vargas, who died of the wound.
According to a witness--who says he was in the car with Vargas, Angel, and one other person--after Vargas was hit, 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.
The witness says she was in the process of complying when the deputy fired.
Police and deputies later discovered that Vargas was wanted on four felony charges and that the two women were driving a stolen vehicle.
Because the deputy fired within city limits, the Colorado Springs Police Department was notified and detectives from the Violent Crimes Section were assigned to the case.
Two deputies at the scene Tuesday night, including the one who was hit by the car, have been placed on routine paid administrative leave as the shooting is investigated. They are not being identified.
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