Arapahoe County deputies involved in shooting, one suspect at large

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ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — Arapahoe County deputies were involved in a shooting near East Arapahoe Road and South Parker Road Wednesday night.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office says about 3:19 p.m. Wednesday, a deputy contacted the driver of what appeared to be a stalled truck near Parker and East Fremont Avenue.

The truck was reported stolen out of Denver and two suspects were arrested: one on suspicion of auto theft and unrelated warrants, and another on unrelated warrants.

Deputies learned a second stolen truck would be arriving in the area shortly. When it arrived, its driver pulled into a parking space at an apartment complex at 16363 E. Fremont Ave.

“Deputies blocked in the truck and attempted to detain the three occupants.  As deputies approached the truck, the driver put it in gear and began ramming surrounding cars.  As the suspect was attempting to escape, a deputy became pinned between the stolen truck and a car, at which point a second deputy fired shots at the driver.  The driver was shot multiple times and deputies were able to take him and one of two passengers into custody,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement issued Thursday.

One other person in the truck — a passenger — fled and has not been found.

The injured deputy was taken to a local hospital and has since been released.

The sheriff’s office says the deputies provided immediate first aid to the suspect who was shot and he was taken to a local hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening.

“Criminal charges are being determined for the suspect who was shot.  The passenger who was taken into custody is being held on unrelated warrants and further charges are being evaluated.   Investigators are currently determining if charges will be recommended on the second passenger who fled the scene,” the sheriff’s office said.

The deputy who shot the suspect was placed on administrative leave, per sheriff’s office policy.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office tip line: 720-874-8477.

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