WOODLAND PARK, Colo. – A traffic stop took a terrifying turn Tuesday when a Woodland Park police officer felt threatened and shot the driver of the car.
Officers were trying to make an arrest when the shooting happened on U.S. Highway 24 near the Walmart store.
The suspect was wounded and taken to a local hospital. His or her condition has not been released.
Eastbound Highway 24 was blocked in the area until late Tuesday night.
You can see the back window of the station wagon was shot out. Witnesses say police had it pulled over and on the side of the road. Police say the driver did something that forced the officer to shoot.
“The officer sensed a threat and responded with that force,” says Woodland Park City Manager David Buttery.
Donnette Diltz was working in her office across the highway. “I heard gunshots and I came out the front door and I saw the police jumping in their cars going after another vehicle that was sliding into the median.”
The station wagon with the driver still inside rolled down into the median.
“The car had already stopped and the police were kind of going back and forth between their cars and it was very scary,” says witness Robbin Johnson.
More police and emergency personnel responded to the scene.
“They stopped traffic and police came from everywhere and guns were drawn and they were going after the vehicle,” Diltz says.
Eastbound traffic was blocked on Highway 24 while police investigated every detail of what happened.
“I’m very concerned about our officers and their families. I’m concerned about the greater Woodland Park community as well,” Buttery says.
The officer was placed on paid administration leave as is always the case in any incident such as this.