Suspect arrested in East Orchard shooting, possible road rage incidents

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ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. -- One person was taken into custody Thursday morning in a possible road rage-related shooting that is believed to have preceded two vehicle accidents, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office said.

The incident happened about 8:30 a.m. at South Parker Road and East Temple Drive, and forced the closure of southbound Parker Road at East Quincy Avenue.

The sheriff's office said it received a call of shots fired about 8:20 a.m. and said a man in a pickup truck fired out of the back window, striking the windshield on the passenger side of a Hyundai SUV.

At least three bullet holes were seen in the windshield and investigators believe the vehicle got caught in the middle and wasn't the intended target.

The passenger of the SUV suffered minor facial injuries and was treated at the scene, the sheriff's office said. It is not known if these injuries resulted from a bullet or flying glass.

The driver of the SUV braked suddenly, causing two vehicles to crash into it. There were no injuries from those drivers or passengers.

The pickup driver then went west on East Orchard Road where the sheriff's office said he turned onto Parker Road and drove north in the southbound lanes before crashing into another vehicle just south of Temple Drive.

Additionally, deputies identified a white GMC driven by a 35-year-old woman that had been side-swiped by Wright's truck as the incident began on East Orchard Road.

When deputies arrived on scene, they saw a man walking in traffic striking vehicle windows with a metal bar. After a short foot pursuit by deputies and a citizen who witnessed the crash, the suspect was taken into custody without incident on East Temple Drive.

Jesse Wright, 34, was arrested on suspicion of criminal attempted murder in the first degree, felony menacing and possession of a weapon by a previous offender and has been booked into the Arapahoe County Detention Center on a no bond hold.

Because of the time of day and the amount of traffic, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office believes there may be additional victims and witnesses to these crimes. If you witnessed any part of this incident, please contact the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office at 303-795-4711.