Man with gun killed after I-70 carjacking, chase near Strasburg
STRASBURG, Colo. — A man was killed after a carjacking and high-speed chase on Interstate 70 on Saturday morning, the Colorado State Patrol said.
The incident began about 6:25 a.m. when state patrol received a call of a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 at mile marker 324 east of Byers.
At about 7:20 a.m., as an Arapahoe County Sheriff’s deputy checked on the people of the accident, a state patrol trooper noticed a man walking on the interstate while holding a gun.
As the trooper tried to stop the man, he ran across the median to try to stop vehicles. A red Chevrolet Tahoe stopped and the suspect forced two occupants out of it.
The suspect then took off westbound in the SUV and reached speeds that exceeded 100 mph. State patrol said sticks were deployed on the interstate, but they did not stop the suspect.
As the suspect reached the Strasburg exit, 14 miles from the original accident scene, the SUV rolled onto its top on the north side of the interstate.
The suspect managed to get out of the vehicle with the gun and as numerous law enforcement agencies arrived on the scene, there was an exchange of gunfire that led to the suspect being fatally shot by an Arapahoe County Sheriff’s deputy.
There were no other injuries and the name of the suspect has not been released.
The deputy has been put on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.