Authorities snare armed fugitive in Loveland after carjacking, chase

Posted at 7:05 AM, Mar 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-31 22:58:54-04

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. – Larimer County authorities captured an armed fugitive in Loveland following a carjacking and chase Friday morning. The suspect was accused earlier of shooting a cab driver, leading police on another chase and causing a bomb scare during his overnight run from police.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office say Adam Fulford, 33, stole a car at gunpoint in Fort Collins early Friday morning and led police on a chase that ended in a crash about an hour later at Eisenhower Boulevard and Wilson Avenue in Loveland.

Deputies say a desperate Fulford, driving the stolen car, slammed into another vehicle at the intersection, badly damaging both cars. Fulford was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The extent of injuries in the second isn't known, however police said a mother and her two children were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Denver7 was on scene and captured Fulford's arrest Friday morning. (WARNING: The following image is graphic:)

Fulford has been on the run since Thursday evening, when authorities say he escaped from Larimer County Sheriff’s Office investigators who were attempting to arrest him in Fort Collins on outstanding felony warrants.

Fulford managed to escape a perimeter set up by authorities shortly after the unsuccessful attempt to capture him earlier in the day by jumping into a taxi.

Police were pursuing the taxi when investigators say Fulford shot the driver and pushed the driver out of the moving vehicle and took off with the taxi. The male driver was shot one time in an extremity and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, authorities say.

Around 8:30 p.m., deputies caught up with Fulford in the taxi and deployed spike strips on West County Road 38E. After going over the strips, the suspect crashed the taxi and took off on foot. A second perimeter was established and roads were blocked around Horsetooth Reservoir, where the search ended early Friday morning.

Earlier in the day Thursday, investigators searched Fulford’s Fort Collins apartment where they say the found firearms and homemade explosive devices. The residents of that apartment building were evacuated as a precaution and the Larimer County Regional Bomb Squad responded to the scene to remove the suspicious devices.

The suspect has a lengthy criminal history. His past arrests include domestic violence-related assault, violating protection orders, felony drug possession, three DUI arrests and weapons violation/drunk with a gun.   

He's been arrested three times for contempt of court, including a May 2016 contempt conviction after he was arrested for violating a protection order in Loveland.

Just last month, Larimer County sheriff's deputies arrested Fulford on investigation of three counts of felony drug possession, one drug charge alleged he used a gun, and violation of a protection order.

And on March 18, Fulford posted to Facebook: "Goodbye everyone, I'll see y'all on the flip side...I love you all, goodbye. I'm not killing myself, so if that happens just know I didn't do it."


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