COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (KDVR) — Police were involved in a shooting with two armed robbery suspects, the Thornton Police Department said Tuesday afternoon.
A man and woman allegedly showed guns while walking into a Wells Fargo Bank located at 12040 Colorado Boulevard in Thornton. Police responded around 1 p.m. and a pursuit began when nearby officers saw a car leaving at a high rate of speed.
The getaway car was determined to be stolen and the pursuit ended when the suspects drove into oncoming traffic and crashed into another vehicle at 88th Avenue and Highway 2 in Commerce City, police said. The driver of the other car suffered minor injuries.
Police said the male suspect got out of the vehicle and shots were fired, in which both suspects were injured in the incident. The man took off and tried to carjack another vehicle but was then taken into custody, along with the woman. Both were taken to hospitals for medical treatment.
Police said two firearms were recovered at the scene.
The highway was closed in both directions between Quebec Parkway and 96th Avenue due to police activity in the area, the Commerce City Police Department said in a tweet.
Tony Craddock was trying to get to work in Commerce City when he ran into the roadblock on his bike.
“They actually look like they were hit by a train,” he said. “And it was definitely a high impact. They must have been really going fast.”
The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, per policy, but the department did not disclose how many officers were involved.
Thornton PD is asking anyone with information on the incident to call the department at 720-977-5030.
FOX31’s Evan Kruegel contributed to this report.