Shots fired after traffic stop in Montrose County

By: KKCO 11 News Email
By: KKCO 11 News Email

MONTROSE COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) -- The Montrose County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident on Highway 145, where shots were fired during a routine traffic stop.

According to a brief sheriff's office news release, just after 9 Thursday morning, deputies were conducting a traffic stop on Highway 145 near mile marker 106. Deputies reported "shots fired and requested medical response," according to the release.

There were no serious injuries to deputies, but one person was transported to the hospital. The release doesn't specify the extent of injuries or any information about the person.

Highway 145 at mile marker 106 is down to one lane for an "unknown" amount of time as officials continue to investigate.

Around 10:45 a.m., the Naturita constable called the Naturita Elementary and Middle School principal to order administrators to place the shared-campus on lock down, according to Tom Taucher, the West End Public Schools Superintendent.

Taucher says Nucla High School was also placed on "lock out" as a precaution. Lock out is similar to shelter in place, when no one can go in or out of the school, but operations continue as normal inside.

All schools returned to normal after 1 p.m.

The sheriff's office release says there is "no public safety risk at this time." It also notes that "further information on the incident is not available at this time."

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