Douglas County sheriff’s deputy shoots, wounds suspect

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a suspect Friday evening at County Line Road and South Santa Fe Drive.

Chief deputy Steve Johnson said the deputy stopped at 6:45 p.m. to help a driver whose vehicle was parked on the side of the road and who appeared to need assistance.

That individual got out of his vehicle and produced an assault weapon, the sheriff’s office said. The deputy gave him verbal commands and feared for his life, engaged him and shot him, according to Johnson.

The suspect dropped to the ground. He was taken to a hospital and underwent surgery Friday night. His condition was not released Saturday.

Johnson said the deputy was not injured.

There were body cameras recording video on some officers who arrived at the scene along with some dashboard cameras.

Johnson said investigators have not had a chance to look at any of that video yet.

Investigators said there were no other suspects wanted in the case and there was no danger to the public.

The Littleton Police Department, in conjunction with the 18th Judicial District Critical Response Team and the sheriff’s office, is conducting an investigation into the shooting.