2 dead after officer-involved shooting outside Alamosa

Published: Aug. 25, 2018 at 11:43 AM MDT
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Officials said two people are dead after a shootout involving law enforcement officers in Alamosa County on Saturday.

The shootout started as a car chase across two counties Saturday morning after Saguache County deputies spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen.

"That chase came into Alamosa County, and the chase vehicle ... they ran it across spike strips -- they called them road fangs or stop sticks -- and they were deployed about a mile from here," Alamosa County Sheriff Robert Jackson told 11 News.

That did little to deter the couple, who drove another mile down Highway 17 with two flattened tires.

"Both front tires were gone at that point," Jackson said.

That last-ditch getaway attempt ended 5 miles north of Alamosa. Jackson said the car came to a "semi-stop" and the female passenger whipped out a gun. She and the law enforcement officers traded gunfire, ending in her death. No officers were hurt.

Jackson said the male driver appears to have then taken his own life.

The investigation shut down all of Highway 17 for several hours.

The suspects have been identified as Nelson Billings,26 and Jennifer Sharp, 38. Both were from Lavaca, TX.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is now investigating the incident. The two suspects have not been identified at this time.