Larimer County sheriff’s deputy shoots, kills suspect who crashed stolen car

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — A man was shot and killed after crashing a car and running away from deputies Friday night, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said.

A spokesman said deputies responded to a report of a crash at about 7:30 p.m. When deputies got there, they discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Fort Collins.

“The suspect vehicle crashed in a field near the intersection of Highway 392 and County Road 9 and the suspect fled on foot in the field. Deputies pursued the suspect on foot during which one deputy fired [a] weapon,” the sheriff’s office said.

The man was struck and he was taken to Medical Center of the Rockies where he was pronounced dead.

The Larimer County Coroner’s Office identified the man as 23-year-old Chet Knuppel of Fort Collins.

The Eighth Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team is handling the investigation.

This was one of three officer-involved shootings along the Front Range on Friday in which the suspect died.

One happened after a carjacking and high-speed chase in Denver on Friday morning. The other happened at an apartment complex in Westminster on Friday night.

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