Law enforcement chase ends in shooting outside Denver

The scene on I-70 at Watkins just east of the Denver metro on May 24, 2022.
The scene on I-70 at Watkins just east of the Denver metro on May 24, 2022.(CBS Denver)
Published: May. 24, 2022 at 5:20 AM MDT|Updated: May. 24, 2022 at 9:21 AM MDT
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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A suspect is in critical condition following a chaotic car chase outside Denver early Tuesday morning.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says officers were forced to shoot the suspect after he ditched his vehicle along I-70. The ensuing investigation shut down all eastbound lanes at Airpark Road for much of the morning commute, finally reopening around 7:30 a.m.

The sheriff’s office tells sister station CBS Denver that the incident started in Strasburg early Tuesday morning when deputies tried to pull the suspect over. He refused to stop and led deputies on a chase instead, which became too dangerous to continue when he started driving in the wrong lanes of traffic.

At some point after deputies terminated the pursuit, the suspect got out of his truck on I-70 at Watkins and was thought to be trying to steal a vehicle. Adams County deputies, Arapahoe County deputies and state troopers responded to the scene and tried to “engage” with him, CBS Denver reports. Law enforcement then shot the suspect. What specifically led up to pulling the trigger, including whether the suspect made any threats, has not been released. CBS Denver says the suspect was previously known by law enforcement for criminal activity in the area.

It’s not confirmed which agency fired the shots that hit the suspect. The suspect is in critical condition; no law enforcement was hurt.

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