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Larimer County Sheriff's Office deputy shot at suspect associated with possible kidnapping

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Posted at 8:17 AM, Nov 03, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-03 18:49:00-04

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — A Larimer County Sheriff's Office deputy shot at a suspect associated with a possible kidnapping out of Weld County, the sheriff's office said in a news release Friday morning.

Just after 11 p.m. Thursday, officers with Fort Collins Police Services were asked to be on the lookout for that car that law enforcement believed the suspect was driving, according to the sheriff's office.

Just before 1 a.m. Friday, Larimer County deputies found the vehicle near Shields and Elizabeth Streets.

Deputies first tried to stop the driver by turning their lights and sirens on, but the driver refused to stop as deputies followed the vehicle for several miles through west Fort Collins, the sheriff's office said.

Larimer County Sheriff's Office deputy shot at suspect Friday associated with possible kidnapping

A little after 1 a.m., a deputy put tire spikes near the intersection of Horsetooth Road and College Avenue. The suspect drove east in the westbound lanes, missing the spikes and heading for the deputy, the sheriff's office said. That's when the deputy shot at the suspect.

The suspect proceeded to drive away west on Horsetooth Road. Near Shields Street, the driver stopped and a man and woman got out of the car. The woman stayed put and the man ran, but he was taken into custody. The woman was taken to a hospital for her injuries. She has since been released, the sheriff's office said.

The suspect driver drove away from where the two people got out and headed north on Shields Street. Deputies set up tire spikes near Shields Street and Davidson Drive. The suspect swerved and crashed, the sheriff's office said.

He had to be extricated from the vehicle and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries from the crash, the sheriff's office said.

No bystanders or law enforcement were injured.

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

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