Suspect fatally shot by police after attempted robbery, chase

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EVANS, Colo. -- An armed suspect was fatally shot by police late Wednesday night after an attempted robbery, carjacking and chase, the Greeley Police Department said.

The incident began about 10 p.m. when a woman called police to say she and two friends were being held at gunpoint at Chipper's Classic Lanes bowling alley in Greeley. The suspect told the woman to go to an ATM and withdraw $200 or he would shoot her friends.

The woman got the money, and the suspect took it and her purse, then stole her vehicle. When police arrived, the man took off at a high rate of speed in a white sedan, pointing a sawed-off shotgun toward officers. No shots were fired.

Police did not pursue the suspect, described as a black man wearing a white hoodie and armed with the shotgun and a nickel-plated handgun, but set up a perimeter.

About 11:30 p.m., officers spotted the vehicle in the 1400 block of Sixth Avenue. Officers ordered the man to get out of the vehicle, but police said he unsuccessfully attempted to run over the officers and hit a garage while trying to get away.

Officers chased the driver north on Highway 85 until he turned around at Highway 392 and went south on Highway 85 down into Evans. The suspect was involved in a traffic accident at Highway 85 and 31st Street in Evans.

Police said the man got out of the vehicle and walked across the median where he attempted to carjack a white Chevrolet sedan. After forcing a female driver and male passenger from the vehicle, the suspect attempted to take off before officers confronted him.

A dog named Cooper belongs to a woman who was carjacked by an armed suspect in Evans on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

A dog named Cooper belongs to a woman who was carjacked by an armed suspect in Evans on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

Police said officers were forced to open fire on the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers or anyone else were injured. The suspect's identity has not been released.

During the attempted carjacking in Evans, a small tan/brown Pomeranian dog belonging to the woman owner of the sedan was lost and has not been found. Animal Control officers are working to find the dog, which is named Cooper.