Westbound I-70 closes in Denver after carjacking, police chase

CBS Denver

DENVER (AP) - A police chase down Interstate 70 came to an end near the Mousetrap in Denver on Thursday, and officials have been forced to close a significant portion of westbound I-70 while an investigation takes place.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Twitter that an armed carjacking occurred in Strasburg, about 40 miles east of Denver.

At about 2 p.m. police announced the male suspect died at the hospital.

It started at a liquor store. “The suspect had a gun and took the victim’s vehicle. A deputy saw the suspect vehicle on I-70 and began pursuing it. Pursuit ended in Denver,” the sheriff’s office wrote.

A CBS4 crew interviewed a witness who saw the conclusion of the chase. They said they work near the Mousetrap (where I-70 & Interstate 25 meet) and heard officers yelling and gunshots.

Authorities believe the suspect had a gunshot wound that was self-inflicted.

Traffic was backed up for miles due to the crash. The westbound lanes of I-70 were shut down at 1 p.m. between the Mousetrap and Interstate 270.