Suspects carjack woman in DIA parking lot after firing at officers

DENVER -- Carjacking suspects opened fire at officers then escaped by stealing a vehicle with a woman inside from the Pikes Peak parking lot at Denver International Airport early Wednesday morning, the Denver Police Department said.

Police said two vehicles were stolen from a Hertz Rent-a-Car facility at 24890 E. 78th Ave. about 1 a.m. The vehicles were abandoned nearby with flat tires.

About 1:15 a.m., police attempted to stop the suspects in the 24700 block of East 75th Avenue southwest of the airport.

The suspects shot at the officers and were able to get away by foot. The officers did not return fire and they were not struck, a police spokesman said.

A perimeter was set up to search for the suspects, who were only described as males, when police said a woman was carjacked in the Pikes Peak parking lot.

"We believe that the carjacking was an isolated incident," police spokesman Doug Schepman said. "It was an effort by the suspects to evade being captured by the police officers that were looking for them, but as always we encourage people to be really vigilant about their personal safety."

The woman got out on her own or was forced out of the silver BMW in the 4400 block of Havana Street about 13 miles from the parking lot.

She was taken to a hospital with a head laceration and is expected to be OK.

Police found the vehicle unoccupied in the 1600 block of North Ulster Street, about five miles from where the woman got out of the vehicle, about 3 a.m.

The Pikes Peak lot was closed for about two hours, reopening at 3:30 a.m.

The suspects are still being sought. Police did not provide a detailed description of them.

Police said 154 vehicles were reported stolen from the department’s airport division in 2016. Last year, it was 146 cars. So far this year, 130 have been stolen.

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