FEDERAL HEIGHTS, Colo. – What started as a possible case of road rage ended with a police officer and suspect in the hospital Wednesday.
At about 12:15 a.m. Federal Heights Police received a phone call from Olivia Molinar who said a white truck had followed her from work and was stopped in front of her home in the 2000 block of West 91st Place.
“I'm driving and that guy (was) close to my car…very close,” Olivia Molinar told FOX31 Denver.
After the suspect parked his pickup beside her SUV, Molinar says the driver just sat there.
”I called the police because I was scared…the guy's still there and he not going anywhere.”
Two Federal Heights police officers responded to Molinar’s 911 call and approached the suspect in his truck.
“The suspect suddenly pulled forward striking one of the officers propelling him into a nearby structure,” said Federal Heights Police Lt. Gary Toldness. The suspect then backed up pinning the other officer in between the open passenger door and adjacent vehicles.”
The suspect’s truck crashed into the trailer where Olivia huddled with her three kids inside.
The officer was dragged until he was able to free himself from the truck, and then he opened fire, striking the suspect several times, said Lt. Toldness.
The truck careened across the street and demolished a neighbor’s fence before coming to a stop.
The suspect, whose name was not released, was transported to a local hospital.
One of the officers was treated and released with only minor injuries.
Molinar says she still isn’t sure what caused the suspect to follow her.