1 suspect dead, another injured in officer-involved shooting
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Suspects in a stolen vehicle fired shots at deputies trying to make a traffic stop in south suburban Denver early Tuesday, prompting a pursuit that ended with officers forcing the vehicle off the road and a final shootout that left one man dead, another injured and a third in custody, authorities said.
Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said no officers were hurt.
Spurlock says deputies attempted a traffic stop when they noticed the car driving recklessly at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday and learned the license plate was stolen. He said the occupants immediately fired at officers and intermittently fired during the pursuit through Douglas and Arapahoe counties.
Deputies forced the vehicle off the road near Dry Creek Road and Interstate 25 in Centennial. Spurlock said deputies were fired upon again and five deputies returned fire.
In a brief video captured by one sheriff vehicle’s dashboard camera, a second sheriff’s vehicle crashes into the Jeep under the interstate overpass. The pursuing sheriff’s vehicle then is shown crashing into the damaged Jeep.
Spurlock said a supervisor authorized deputies to “do what was ever necessary to stop that vehicle” and he praised the deputies involved.
“They acted in my opinion very professionally, very heroically,” he said. “They did a great job.”
A lieutenant with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office will lead a team investigating the deputies’ response, with support from the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Using the vehicles to stop the suspect car is considered a use of force and will also be part of the review.
Officials have not identified the man killed or the man who remained at a hospital.
A third man, 20-year-old Peirce Langewisch, was being held at the Douglas County jail without bond on an unrelated warrant. It was not clear Tuesday if Langewisch has an attorney.
18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler said officials have not determined what charges Langewisch will face.