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2 women involved in fatal officer-involved shooting after carjacking, chase

DENVER -- A woman was killed and another woman was injured in an officer-involved shooting after a carjacking and high-speed chase early Friday morning, the Denver Police Department said.

The carjacking took place near Arapahoe Community College on Santa Fe Drive in Littleton just before midnight by two males and two females, police said.

The male carjacking victim told a 911 dispatcher that shots were fired and the suspects stole his vehicle. The victim was not hit.

Officers from the Littleton Police Department found and pursued the vehicle northbound on Santa Fe Drive where officers with the Englewood Police Department joined when the chase entered the city.

The pursuit continued north on Santa Fe into Denver where officers attempted three PIT maneuvers in an attempt to stop the vehicle, Denver police Cmdr. Barb Archer said.

The first attempt was made at Santa Fe and West Florida Avenue, but the suspects continued. A second PIT maneuver was unsuccessful.

The suspect vehicle finally stopped after a third PIT maneuver at West Louisiana Avenue and South Bannock Street, Archer said.

At that point, two women got out of the vehicle and there was an exchange of gunfire, Archer said.

One suspect was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Their names and ages were not released.

Police said they are still searching for the two male carjacking suspects. Archer said it's not known when and where the male suspects separated from the females. She did not provide any descriptions.

Officers from the Littleton and Englewood police departments were involved in the shooting. The Aurora Police Department and Denver District Attorney's Office are leading the investigation into the shooting.

Northbound Santa Fe was closed between West Iowa Avenue and West Mississippi Avenue but reopened at 7:40 a.m.

This was one of three officer-involved shootings along the Front Range on Friday in which the suspect died.

One happened after a chase of a suspected stolen vehicle in Larimer County on Friday night. The other happened at an apartment complex in Westminster on Friday night.