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Longmont officer injured in hit-and-run, suspect on the loose

LONGMONT, Colo. — A suspect accused of running down a Longmont police officer while fleeing from a scene Friday remained on the run Saturday. The officer was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital late Friday night.

The officer attempted to contact Richard Jeffs, 47, after recognizing him from an internal investigative bulletin. The confrontation happened near 8th Avenue and Main Street. Police say Jeffs had a warrant out for his arrest.

A police spokesman said when the officer went to question the suspect, he got into an Audi, backed out of the parking space and struck the officer. He continued to back up and fled once reaching Main Street.

Longmont police said Saturday they believed Jeffs was driving a different vehicle than the one that hit the officer.

The new vehicle was described as a grey 1999 Jeep Cherokee with Colorado license plates KLQ-739.

Richard Jeffs’ description:

  • Age: 47
  • 6’3″
  • 195 pounds
  • Brown hair
  • Hazel eyes

The officer will take some time to recover from his injuries. “He is in good spirits despite a fracture in his shoulder region and an ankle injury,” the spokesman said.

Police found the suspect’s first vehicle, a 2004 Audi station wagon Friday night. But Richard Jeffs remained on the run.

Longmont police obtained a new arrest warrant for the suspect Friday night with 10 charges including Assault in the First Degree to a Peace Officer and Vehicular Assault.

He was originally wanted for sentencing on forgery of checks.

Anyone with information can contact Longmont police at 303-651-8501.