Suspect shot after fleeing authorities

By: KKCO - Email
By: KKCO - Email

Updated 4:30 PM -

MESA COUNTY, Colo (KKCO) -- One lane of westbound I-70 has been reopened, but authorities are still doing investigative work, so drivers are asked to use caution.

Here''s the latest release from the critical incident team on the incident:

"The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team is investigating the fatal shooting of a man suspected in Lakewood of attempted sexual assault and carjacking.

Just before 7am, Lakewood Police aired an Attempt to Locate for the suspect, who was armed and driving a pickup truck. This ATL was also aired to law enforcement in Mesa County. An investigator with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office spotted the pickup near the West Gate Inn on Hwy 6&50. The suspect began heading westbound on I-70. Multiple agencies pursued the suspect at highway speeds and there were multiple attempts to use stop sticks to get the vehicle stopped, but the suspect was able to avoid them. Near mile-marker 1, a Colorado State Patrol trooper forced the pickup off the side of the interstate. The suspect remained in the pickup.

Officers tried to negotiate with the suspect to get him to come out of the pickup. SWAT officers from the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office also responded and used tactical steps to try to get the man to come out of the vehicle.

When he eventually came out, he pointed what is believed to be a gun at the officers and deputies. The officers and deputies fired multiple shots at the suspect, who died at the scene.

As is standard for all officer involved shootings, the Critical Incident Response Team is conducting a thorough investigation of this incident. Also, as a standard practice, the officers and deputies involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave while the investigation takes place.

Currently, the westbound lanes of I-70 are closed while the on-scene portion of the investigation takes place. The investigators are working as quickly as possible so that at least one lane of traffic can re-open, however that may take several hours. All eastbound lanes of I-70 near the scene are open."

Updated at 11:40 a.m.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) -- KKCO 11 News has learned from authorities that a suspect has been shot and killed in the incident on I-70.

This incident started last night in Lakewood, Colorado. According to police there, around 9 o'clock on Tuesday night, officers responded to a Target store parking lot on W. Colfax Avenue. A woman there said she was loading her car when a black male began talking to her and made her feel very uncomfortable. He then forced her into her own car. Several people in the parking lot heard her screaming for help. The woman was able to get away from the suspect and run inside the store for help.

The suspect left in the woman's car, authorities searched for him all night. The victim's vehicle and the suspect were found in Grand Junction this morning. When authorities tried to pull him over, he fled.

Updated at 11:30 a.m.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO)-- We're waiting for an unofficial news conference from authorities, we hope we'll be able to confirm more information about the incident that has shut down westbound I-70 at the Mack exit.

All traffic is being diverted on to US HWY 6/50 as authorities investigate. That roadway will be a slow drive, it turns to a dirt road at the Utah border. That slow drive is better than the more than 6 hour alternate route, along HWY 139 over Douglas pass to Rangely, from Rangely to Price, UT and from Price, UT back down to I-70. That route is 354 miles and is estimated to take 6 1/2 hours.

Updated at 10:15 a.m.

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) - Multiple law enforcement agencies are at the scene of a crash and rapidly evolving scene near the Colorado/Utah border.

Officials say the incident started as the pursuit and attempted traffic stop of a subject wanted out of Lakewood. The suspect fled from authorities and crashed near the state line, about mile marker one) around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Members of the Colorado State Patrol, Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Fruita Police Department, Grand Junction Police Department and SWAT Team are on the scene. Deputies made verbal contact with the suspect around 8:30 a.m. The suspect was still in the crashed car, authorities used the Bearcat to approach the vehicle out of concern for law enforcement.

Authorities say I-70 will be closed for approximately six to eight hours while the scene is processed.

KKCO 11 News will update you with information as it becomes available.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) __ Colorado State Patrol and the Mesa County Sheriff's office have shut down Interstate 70. According to police scanner traffic, the agencies were involved in a chase, and then the suspect crashed his vehicle.

The Colorado Department of transportation is reporting the road closure because of an accident.

KKCO 11 News is on the scene, we'll bring you more information as it becomes available.


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