6 injured following police chase in Aurora
AURORA, Colo. (KKTV) - Six people including a pair of officers were hospitalized during a PIT maneuver to stop a police pursuit that started in Denver and ended in Aurora Monday afternoon.
Denver officers were chasing the suspect in a shooting that happened earlier that day in the parking lot at a Bass Pro Shop.
The shooter fled the scene, but police were able to get information on the suspect’s vehicle. Four and a half hours after the shooting, the car was spotted in the area of East 46th and Tower Road, kicking off a chase from Tower to I-70 to I-225 in Aurora.
Just south of the East 17th exit, police executed the PIT maneuver to disable the suspect’s car.
“After the PIT maneuver, multiple different vehicles were struck, but it ultimately stopped the suspect’s ability to continue fleeing,” the Aurora Police Department said.
When officers approached the vehicle, they found the driver suffering from a gunshot wound. Law enforcement believes it was self-inflicted.
“There is no evidence at this time to suggest that any police officers fired their weapons. The suspect was transported to the hospital in critical condition where he remains with life-threatening injuries,” the Aurora Police Department said.
In all, seven vehicles were involved in the crash caused by the PIT maneuver. Six people were transported to the hospital, including two Denver police officers. The conditions of those involved have not been released.
Currently, the 17th Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), which includes the Aurora Police Department, is investigating the police chase, while the Denver Police Department is investigating the shooting outside Bass Pro Shop.
The victim in that shooting is expected to survive.
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