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2 suspects believed to be connected to escaped inmate injured after high-speed chase, shooting

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DENVER -- Two suspects believed to be connected to an escaped inmate were injured after a high-speed chase and officer-involved shooting on Monday night, the Denver Police Department said.

No officers were injured.

Police said officers searching for 23-year-old Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez were led to a home at an unknown address in Aurora on Monday night.

Two people fled in an SUV, police said. Officers with the Aurora Police Department gave chase at a high rate of speed. Denver officers later joined the chase.

The suspects crashed at East 41st Avenue and Albion Street in northeast Denver. Shots were fired, striking both suspects in the vehicle, police said.

A police spokesman said it's not known whether the officers or the suspects fired the shots.

The suspects, who were not identified, were taken to Denver Health Medical Center with unknown injuries.

Venzor-Gonzalez, who escaped on Monday morning from Denver Health, remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.

Police did not say what, if any, connection the suspects have with Venzor-Gonzalez.

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