Stolen vehicle suspect at-large in northeast Denver after shots fired at officers

DENVER -- The search for a stolen vehicle suspect who led police on a chase that resulted in shots fired at a patrol vehicle was scaled back Thursday morning with the man still at-large, the Denver Police Department said.

Just before 3 a.m., officers with the Thornton Police Department attempted to stop a reported stolen pickup truck out of unincorporated Adams County at West 88th Avenue and Santa Fe Drive.

The driver did not stop and a pursuit ensued, during which shots were fired, striking the windshield of the patrol vehicle, police said. No officers were hit.

The vehicle crashed at East 56th Avenue and Worchester Street on the south end of Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge between Peoria Street and Chambers Road in northeast Denver.

The driver of the truck fled the scene on foot south of the crash area. He's described as a tall Hispanic male who was wearing a heavy coat. He's considered armed and dangerous.

A passenger pinned inside the truck was removed and taken into custody. It's not known if the passenger was injured.

Officers from the Thornton, Denver, Aurora and Commerce City police departments, and Adams County Sheriff's Office deputies swarmed the area searching for the suspect.

Reverse emergency notification calls were made to residents in the area to alert them to the search.

Just after 6 a.m., the perimeter was broken down and roads in the area were reopened.