EVANS, Colo. -- Looking at her car, you'd never believe Katherine Doyle and her friend are OK.
“He held her at gunpoint and told her to get out,” said Blake McCormick, Doyle's boyfriend.
McCormick said Doyle's beloved golden Pomeranian Cooper jumped out during the confrontation as she and the friend scrambled free. After a daylong search, the dog was found safe.
“It's a blessing she's not hurt. It's a blessing her friend's OK and, hopefully, we can find her dog, I mean that's her world. … I mean it could have went a lot worse than what really happened,” McCormick said.
The suspect was driving their car and crashed during a high-speed chase with Greeley police late Wednesday night.
Just minutes earlier at Chipper's Classic Lanes bowling alley in Greeley, the suspect had confronted two women at gunpoint, ordering one to withdraw money from the ATM.
The woman told police she got the money, gave it to the suspect and by the time police arrived, he took off at high speed. That chase ended in Evans.
Eyewitness Kye Walker was coming out of a nearby restaurant when officers confronted the gunman.
“As soon as I hit that front door, I hear like four or five shots, like 'Bam bam bam bam.' And then 20 cops just come out and then it was just like packed forever,” Walker said.
Police said the unidentified suspect refused to give up and repeatedly threatened officers. Police said officers were forced to open fire on the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
No officers or anyone else were injured. The suspect's identity has not been released.
Late Thursday, McCormick sent a photo of what he called a joyful reunion between Cooper and Doyle.
“This is the kind of stuff you see in movies, you see in the news, where you don't think you're going to live in a community or be in a community where this kind of stuff's happening,” McCormick said.