WATCH: Armed carjack suspect on wild crime spree captured in dramatic fashion

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(Credit: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — An armed carjacking suspect went on a crime spree around Lookout Mountain Wednesday afternoon, much of which was captured on video by SkyFOX.

The suspect was captured in dramatic fashion by a law enforcement officer in the middle of I-70 as traffic came to a halt. A civilian got out of his car and helped the deputy hold the suspect down on the highway until more help arrived.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says motorcycle deputy Fred Haggett was the lone officer who tackled the armed suspect on the freeway. His brave moves made sure the dangerous actions ended without anyone getting hurt.

The suspect was identified Thursday as Christopher David Sullivan, 37. A person sharing his name and date of birth has a long criminal record, including identity theft and drug charges, according to state records.

There was a second suspect, a female, who was captured earlier without incident.

The crime spree left several crime scenes for sheriff’s deputies and state troopers to investigate. Westbound I-70 was closed and traffic was backed up for miles during the investigation.

There were a total of four vehicles involved — either carjacked or attempted carjackings.

Here’s how it happened:

  • It began at 2:40 p.m. when the man fled from a traffic stop on Cabrini Road
  • At 3:15, he and his passenger are accused of carjacking two victims from a Subaru at gunpoint near Lookout Mountain Park
  • Next, he’s accused of breaking into a home near Centennial Trail and stealing a truck while the homeowner hid
  • He crashed it a short time later at Cherry Creek
  • Witnesses say they heard gunfire after the crash

But it wasn’t over.

SkyFOX was flying and first spotted a man and woman who looked like they were hiking on Lookout Mountain just after 4 p.m. It turns out both were desperately trying to avoid police. They were carjacking suspects, armed, dangerous and on the run.

They allegedly targeted tourists on Lookout Mountain.

The man eventually left his friend behind. He was clearly armed with a handgun and an assault rifle. He hoped to escape when he came across some parked snowplows. He opened the driver’s side door and climbed into two of them, but he gave up on that idea.

It was about that time that the female suspect realized she didn’t have a chance. She slid down a hill and surrendered peacefully to an officer.

Not too far away, the male suspect is still searching for a way to get away. He tries to steal a truck from outside a home. The door was unlocked but the keys weren’t there. He then breaks into the house.

Remember … all of this is on the video from SkyFOX posted with this story.

Then things really get crazy. Moments after entering the house, the suspect blasts through the closed garage door in an SUV he had stolen. He took off and ended up on some dirt mountain roads near I-70 where the SUV appears to get stuck. He ditched the vehicle and went looking for his next escape route.

His hope was to steal a car from someone on the Interstate. He started pointing his gun and one driver almost stopped. But fortunately that driver realized the danger and sped away.

It looked like the suspect would have another chance, but that’s when deputy Haggett arrived. The deputy chased him around a stopped vehicle in the middle of the westbound lanes, grabbed him by the shirt, pulled him in and slammed him down on the pavement. A motorist got out of his car and helped Haggett pin the suspect to the ground until more deputies arrived.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

 

25 comments

  • JB

    If a random armed dude ran onto a highway in front of my car and pointed a gun at me, I would have run him over.

  • Jack

    Beautiful Job videotaping this….that guy better not claim brutality because the officer used all the proper techniques.

  • Snarky Cosmos

    It’s too bad the turd didn’t die as a result of his stupid actions; now the taxpayers are stuck giving this clown three hots and a cot for who knows how many years.

  • Snarky Cosmos

    I just watched the raw video from the chopper, and this clown was oblivious to the chopper’s presence. I find it difficult to believe he didn’t hear the thing flying overhead, let alone take a pot-shot at it. What a flaming idiot.

  • Daniel Hudson

    Toward the end when the suspect stepped out onto I-70 waving his weapon and one vehicle sped by then another stopped, if it was me I would have turned him into a new hood ornament. No way am I going to stop for some guy waving an assault rifle at me!

  • Mrs. Byer

    I agree. I have three little kids with me in the car almost always. I would not stop at all. Running him down, would that carry any criminal charges?

    • Robert Gift

      “Running him down, would that carry any criminal charges?”
      I would not care if it did. Preventing the criminal from harming others would be worth it.
      But I would never harm a criminal unless the criminal made it necessary.
      I would not shoot an intruder in my house. A criminal’s life is worth infinitely more than all of our possessions.
      Only if the criminal was a threat to my wife or me or our used poodle would I shoot.

      • Anonymous

        In this instance, you would not face charges. You (an innocent civilian) would have been threatened with deadly force, just for driving down the road. You may use deadly force (running him over) to save yourself from the imminent use of deadly force (as indicated by pointing an assault rifle at you).

    • Snarky Cosmos

      Yeah right…Reefer Madness is to blame for this dumbass’ actions. Maybe it was Demon Rum, or meth, or PCP, or heroin, or cigarettes, or vaping.

      That guy walked too deliberately to be stoned, etc.

      His problem is that he was defective from birth, and it’s too bad his mother didn’t miscarry or abort him.

    • Anonymous

      I love when uneducated comments are made, it’s entertaining. This was the product of marijuana, really? Come on!

  • SinStar (@THX_ll38)

    All police agencies should watch this video. This is how it should be done. Jefferson County did a fantastic job without any evidence of excessive force and apprehended a definite threat.

    • Anonymous

      This is a terrifying comment from an uninformed citizen. This guy carjacked (or attempted to) several people at gunpoint. To risk death (he was clearly outgunned) just to “not use excessive force” is STUPID, not “fantastic”. The deputy who took the female into custody should have ordered her to the ground at gunpoint. They knew the suspects were heavily armed. To assume she’s not armed and not going to attack is again…STUPID, not “fantastic”. It takes more time to react to a suspect’s movement, than for the suspect(s) to act. The deputies could easily both be dead. Other law enforcement agencies should watch this…and learn how they should CORRECTLY and SAFELY apprehend someone in a similar situation. Law enforcement, doesn’t get paid enough to be senselessly killed, just to look like they aren’t using excessive force to the uninformed public.

      • Robert Gift

        ^ “Wow! Ignorant.”
        No, A-1 is correct. They took needless risks of being shot and killed.
        A criminal can turn and fire before you can react enough. So you do not give them such opportunity just to be polite or to appear non excessive force.

  • Lisa Parisien-Waldman

    AWESOME Job Once Again SKYFOX! You assisted the Police in getting a couple of more DOUCHEBAGS off the Street! What’s the rest of the Story. What was their Motive? To get money for drugs??? GREAT JOB to JEFFCO Sheriffs Department as well. You ALL ROCK!

  • Anonymous

    I wonder where this clown got his weapons from. After all he does have a lengthy criminal record which would prohibit him from owning or possessing a firearm.

  • Robert Gift

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    ” ^ Exactly. I would have run the criminal over to neutralize his threat.
    But most likely I would have been confused as to what was happening and by the time I realized what the criminal was doing he would have carjacked my vehicle.
    Surprised that motorcycle deputy Fred Haggett did not shoot at the criminal while he was threatening with his gun.
    Thank you, SkyFOX, for excellent coverage.
    How did SkyFOX know to be there?”

    Moderation of what?

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