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Woman identified following a chase down I-25 that ended in at least 1 shot being fired by a trooper north of Monument

Woman arrested after incident on the north side of El Paso County, at least 1 shot fired by a trooper
Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 9:30 AM MST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2021 at 7:10 PM MST
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MONUMENT, Colo. (KKTV) - On Thursday, police identified the woman accused of leading authorities on a chase down I-25 earlier this week.

The incident started in Castle Rock on Monday, where police say the female suspect hit one of their cruisers in a 7-Eleven parking lot. She fled Castle Rock and made it close to Monument, where she was stopped by Colorado State Patrol.

11 News Anchor Catherine Silver spoke to a witness who claims the suspect drove right up next to her. The witness thought she was going to crash.

“She cut right in front,” Stacey Davis said of the suspect. " She almost clipped me and she almost clipped the car right in front of her as she was merging.”

The witness said her gut instinct told her something was wrong with the driver she spotted speeding in Castle Rock. She never imagined what would happen next.

“She looked and drove like somebody... somebody was after her,” Davis explained.

Davis said she encountered the driver before the crash, miles up the road in Castle Rock. Davis was in town for a morning appointment.

”I glanced over,” Davis added. “She had a white puffy jacket, leaning over the steering wheel like she was looking in her mirror. Her eyes were a little, um, concerning, if you will. She was always focused straight ahead.”

Davis spotted damage to the woman’s car.

“It looked like the bumper of it was falling off on the driver side,” Davis stated.

Less than 10-seconds later Davis claims the suspect had weaved her way in and out of traffic -- and out of sight.

“She cut into the shoulder and made the shoulder of the highway her lane,” Davis said.

Later, state troopers stopped the driver north of monument, where the woman reportedly pulled out a gun.

“Jumped out of the car with a handgun crossed over the median into northbound lanes of traffic and attempted carjack a vehicle,” Colorado Springs Police Spokesperson Lt. James Sokolik explained.

Colorado Springs Police say the woman also pointed that gun at a state trooper, and the trooper fired back. Before the suspect took aim, police say the car she was in was stolen from denver. A license plate reader in Castle Rock spotted it this morning, the catalyst that came to an end with a crash and the chaos that disrupted both the morning and evening commute north of Monument.

Thankfully, no one was hurt in the incident.

The suspect was identified as 30-year-old Amanda Yvonne Flores. Flores is being charged with 1st-degree assault of a peace officer, aggravated robbery, vehicular eluding an possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

Police sent out more details on what they believe happened on Monday.

“The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) attempted to stop a stolen motor vehicle involved in a recent eluding investigation in [Castle Rock],” part of a news release reads. “The suspect failed to stop, and State Patrol pursued the suspect southbound on I25. Just south of County Line Road in El Paso County, the suspect lost control of the vehicle and struck a guard rail on the interstate. The suspect exited the vehicle and crossed the median on foot into the northbound lanes of I25 while the now unoccupied stolen vehicle was still in motion in the southbound lanes. The pursuing trooper pinned the unoccupied vehicle against a barrier with their marked SUV to stop it from traveling any further. The suspect then entered an occupied vehicle in the northbound lanes and threatened the driver with a handgun in an attempt to flee apprehension.”

The release continues to describe what happened next.

“The trooper also crossed the interstate on foot and initiated commands to the suspect,” the release adds. “The citizen driver exited the vehicle leaving the armed suspect alone. The trooper gave multiple commands to the suspect at which time the suspect attempted to take control of the citizen’s vehicle. The suspect pointed a handgun at the trooper which resulted in the trooper firing his duty weapon at least one time at the suspect. At this time another CSP Trooper arrived, and the two troopers removed the suspect from the vehicle and took the suspect into custody without further incident. Neither the troopers, citizens or the suspect involved in this incident were injured.”

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