GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO)- After an intense high-speed car chase, one male suspect, identified as 43-year-old New Castle resident Eric Reynolds, was killed by police after allegedly brandishing a weapon and refusing to obey officer commands, says the Garfield County Sheriff's Office.
The Glenwood Springs Police Department originally received a report that a male suspect robbed the El Azteca store in West Glenwood Springs at gunpoint on January 11 around 2:30 p.m.
Police then gathered information of Reynold's vehicle, which was soon spotted traveling down I-70
Officers with the New Castle Police Department tried contacting Reynold's through a traffic stop, but Reynold's fled.
The high-speed chase took officers down the interstate, and it ultimately ended with the vehicle traveling east in the westbound lanes after Reynold's lost control of the vehicle and crashed.
While attempting to flee the crash, Reynold's brandished a weapon and failed to obey police commands according to the press release obtained from the Garfield County Sheriff's Office.
Reynolds was then shot by police multiple times according to the Garfield County Coroner's Office, one of which was fatal.
Additionally, there was a female who was in the vehicle with Reynold's who surrendered without incident.
The Officer-involved shooting necessitated the activation of the Ninth Judicial District “Critical Incident Team”.
The Critical Incident Team is asking anyone who saw the incident or may have information related to the incident to contact them through the Garfield County Emergency Services. Call their non-emergency number at (970) 625-8095.