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Search for suspect believed to be armed suspended after chase, crash in Douglas County

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- The search for a suspect believed to be armed was suspended after a chase ended in a two-vehicle crash in Highlands Ranch on Thursday morning, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said.

The crash happened about 5 a.m. at South Santa Fe Drive and West Town Center Drive.

The situation started when the sheriff's office was alerted about a possible burglary at DCF Guns in Castle Rock. Deputies were put on the lookout at other gun stores.

"No, they did not get in," DCF owner Josh Barton said. "We actually work closely with the Castle Rock Police Department since we first opened. And, of course, they've got connections with all the surrounding agencies. And so when this happened, they immediately called it out."

DCF's security cameras caught a juvenile stealing a gun from the store in August. This time, the store had some windows broken, but nothing was stolen.

Deputies later witnessed a group trying to break into Jackson Creek Armory, which is northwest of Castle Rock off Highway 85. The group of three then got into a stolen vehicle and fled.

The vehicle, a Chevrolet Impala reported stolen out of Denver, crashed into a white Nissan at Santa Fe and Town Center drives after stop sticks were used. All three suspects fled, the sheriff's office said.

Two suspects were apprehended; one is a juvenile. The other was identified as 19-year-old Cain Gallardo of Denver.

Gallardo is charged with attempted burglary, criminal mischief and resisting arrest. Bond was set at $5,000.

The juvenile was taken to the Marvin W. Foote Youth Services Center.

The third suspect being sought is believed to be armed because there was a shotgun in the stolen vehicle that was not there after the crash.

One of the suspects was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries suffered in the crash or from a K-9 bite, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office did not release a description of the suspect being sought.

Police said the two attempted burglaries are related.

Westbound Town Center Drive was closed approaching Santa Fe for the investigation and cleanup of the crash. It reopened about 7:40 a.m.

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