Armed suspect caught in Broomfield after leading chase, ramming police vehicle

Eric Winden (Photo: Westminster Police Department)

BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- A suspect was caught after a manhunt Thursday when he led a chase, rammed a police vehicle and nearly hit an officer, the Westminster Police Department said.

Police said officers tried to stop a white SUV vehicle associated with a wanted person about 10 a.m. in the 9200 block of Pierce Street.

The man, identified as 35-year-old Eric Winden, is wanted on several felony burglary warrants and is known to be armed, police said.

Winden eluded officers and drove through a fence, where an officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.

Police chased Winden when he intentionally rammed a Westminster police vehicle near West 84th Avenue and North Pecos Street, officials said. The officer not injured.

Winden then led a chase before crashing near West 132nd Avenue and Lowell Boulevard in Broomfield, then got out and fled on foot.

Law enforcement from Westminster, the Broomfield and Thornton police departments, the Adams County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado State Patrol set up a large perimeter looking for Winden.

He was found just after 1 p.m. in the backyard of a house in the 3400 block of Elk Court.

Residents in several neighborhoods were asked to shelter in place, but the order has been lifted.

Several schools in the area were placed on precautionary lockout status but were taken off after Winden was caught.

No injuries have been reported.