Police look for suspect, vehicle in deputy involved shooting

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DENVER -- Denver police are looking for a dark-colored Jeep Cherokee after a bizarre incident occurred between its driver and a sheriff's deputy in his personal vehicle Wednesday morning. The incident ended with the sheriff's deputy firing shots at the vehicle.

Denver Police spokesperson Sonny Jackson said the deputy was exiting southbound I-25 via the Colfax Avenue off-ramp in a Ford F-150 around 3:30 a.m. when he stopped at a traffic light. For reasons still unclear to police early Wednesday morning, the deputy got out of his truck and had words with the driver next to him.

Shortly after the exchange began, Jackson said the driver of the Jeep sped off a short distance and then backed up toward the deputy "at a high rate of speed."

"The deputy felt threatened and discharged his weapon," Jackson said. "We're not exactly sure what transpired before that. Our deputy has gone downtown to be interviewed."

Jackson was not calling the driver of the Jeep a suspect of any kind Wednesday morning, saying police were simply looking to talk to that individual because details about the incident were still hazy.

As of 5:45 a.m., police had closed Colfax in both directions for several hours near the I-25 off ramp to investigate the scene.

The suspect vehicle is described as an older model green Jeep Cherokee with an unknown temporary license plate. The rear window has a sticker in the shape of an "O," according to police.

Officers said there is a possibility that the vehicle may have sustained damage due to the shooting. 

The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20’s to early 30’s. He has a thin face and possibly a mustache and goatee. The suspect was wearing a black beanie hat.

If you have information regarding this incident, and or the location of the involved vehicle call Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867). 

Suspect was driving a green older model Jeep Cherokee (Not actual vehicle photo)

Suspect was driving a green older model Jeep Cherokee (Not actual vehicle photo)