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Man arrested after allegedly shooting at group of officers

Suspect Michael Hughes is accused of shooting at a group of officers standing outside MOD Pizza...
Suspect Michael Hughes is accused of shooting at a group of officers standing outside MOD Pizza near the Venetucci and South Academy Walmart, prompting a large law enforcement response in the area. Hughes was later caught trying to get onto Fort Carson, police said.(Fountain Police Department)
Published: Dec. 2, 2020 at 9:47 PM MST|Updated: Dec. 2, 2020 at 11:17 PM MST
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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A man facing multiple counts of felony assault on an officer after allegedly shooting at a group of police standing outside a restaurant Wednesday night.

The Fountain Police Department says three of its officers were standing in the MOD Pizza parking lot off Venetucci near the Walmart when they heard several gunshots go off.

“Officers noticed a black truck slowly driving on Venetucci Boulevard headed towards South Academy Boulevard. As the truck passed by the parking lot of MOD Pizza, additional shots were fired in the direction of where the officers were standing,” a police department spokesperson said.

Law enforcement flooded the area in response, searching for the suspect and obtaining surveillance of the incident. A short time later, police say the same black truck tried to drive onto Fort Carson. It was immediately stopped by military police.

“Thanks to video footage obtained from businesses in the 4400 block of Venetucci Boulevard, the truck and the occupants, were positively identified as being involved in the shots-fired incident,” the spokesperson said.

Michael Hughes, 21, was arrested on three counts of felony first-degree assault on a peace officer. Additional charges are expected against the others in the vehicle. Police have not said how many total were in the truck.

No officers were injured in the incident.

Anyone with information that could help in the case is urged to call the Fountain Police Department at 719-390-5555 or Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP. Crime Stoppers tips can be made anonymously.

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