WELD COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — A shooting suspect who died Wednesday after leading police on a high-speed chase on Interstate 76 suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to new information released Thursday.
The coroner completed an autopsy Thursday and ruled the death as suicide, according to the 19th Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team. His identity has not been released pending notification of next-of-kin.
Investigators had said Wednesday that a police officer and the suspect each fired a single shot, and the suspect was pronounced dead.
The chase began when the 26-year-old man fled Kersey, where he had been reported as an armed trespasser trying to steal vehicles and force his way into homes. That’s according to a police narrative released Wednesday night by the 19th Judicial Critical Incident Response Team.
Deputies made their way to the 2400 block of Cottonwood Court around 11:30 a.m. But before they got there, “another 911 caller stated that the male suspect had a rifle with him which he used to shoot a home in the neighborhood,” according to the release. The suspects then fled.
Deputies soon found the suspects and began to chase them on westbound Interstate 76, where “the suspect pointed the rifle at pursuing deputies at least once while traveling at speeds upwards of 100 miles per hour.”
It triggered a multi-agency police response. Ultimately, a Hudson police officer used his vehicle to disable the suspect’s vehicle.
“The male suspect then fired one round while a Hudson police officer simultaneously fired one round,” according to the release. The suspect was soon pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Anyone with information about what happened is asked to contact Detective Elizabeth Finch, with the Greeley Police Department, at 970-350-9682.