Denver Police say suspect may have fatally shot himself in I-225 traffic stop

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DENVER — The suspect involved in a shooting with Arapahoe County Sheriffs deputies late Sunday night during a traffic stop might have fatally shot himself, the Denver Police Department said Monday.

The incident began about 11:20 p.m. with an unrelated traffic stop at Interstate 25 and Belleview Avenue. It was during that traffic stop when the suspect, later identified by the coroner’s office as Ian Santamaria, 31, of Denver, passed very close to Arapahoe County Sheriff deputies and almost hit them.

From there, deputies chased down Santamaria and pulled him over at the exit ramp of Tamarac Street and northbound Interstate 225. When deputies approached the car, police say Santamaria fired his gun that the initial investigation shows was self-inflicted.

Debris from the shot injured one of the deputies, at which point the second deputy fired his weapon at Santamaria. The unidentified injured deputy was treated at a local hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries and later released.

Several law enforcement jurisdictions were involved in the investigation, though the Denver Police Department took over the case since it happened in Denver.

The exit ramp reopened about 6:45 a.m.

The exact manner in which Santamaria died is still pending, the coroner’s office said.