Suspect who allegedly fired gun, caused crash in Ft. Collins arrested

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Jose Ornelas-Licano (Photo: Fort Collins Police)

Jose Ornelas-Licano (Photo: Fort Collins Police)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Police in Fort Collins have arrested a man they said shot at officers during an attempt to arrest him and then caused a car crash Friday night.

About 2 p.m. Saturday, a citizen reported that she recognized the fugitive Jose Ornelas-Licano as he entered the Family Dollar Store located at Prospect and Shields, the Fort Collins Police Department reported.

When an officer arrived, he saw Ornelas-Licano sitting on a bench outside of the store according to FCPD. The officer was able to take him into custody without any incident. Ornelas-Licano was not armed when he was arrested.

Officers initially tried to arrest Jose Ornelas-Licano, 40, on two felony warrants about 7 p.m. Friday, said police spokesman Cory Christensen.

Ornelas-Licano was in a white Ford F-250 when police tried to stop him.  He refused to stop, Christensen said, and fled from police.

At one point he fired a gun at a marked police vehicle, Christensen said. No one was injured.

As he was trying to get away, Ornelas-Licano hit another vehicle, police said. The driver of the other vehicle was injured, police said.

He then ran away on foot and police lost track of him in the area of Taft Hill Road and Clearview, Christensen said.

A SWAT team was mobilized to help find Orneals-Licano along with deputies from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State University Police.   At the time, police warned residents to stay indoors, away from windows, and lock their doors while the search was underway.

Christensen said both warrants for his arrest were for a failure to appear in court on separate charges related to fraud and drugs.  The Coloradoan reported he was arrested in Estes Park on Aug. 17 and was charged with a drug felony for possession of a controlled substance and two other less serious drug offenses.

A warrant was issued for his arrest on Aug. 27 after he failed to appear in court.

Anyone with information about the incident are encouraged to contact Detective Heather Moore at 970-221- 6895 or Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868.

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