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Officer-involved shooting under investigation in Park County

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The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has been asked to investigate an officer-involved shooting which happened in Park County Thursday.

Around 7:50 p.m., Park County Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on CSH 285 near Bailey when the driver of a Toyota Land Cruiser failed to stop and began driving at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.  A short pursuit was ended to protect the public from the suspect’s erratic and dangerous driving.

Deputies later located the vehicle in a ditch following a search of Highway 285 near Grant.

Further investigation determined the driver of the vehicle and a woman passenger were inside a home in the area. It is believed the suspect told the residents of the home that their vehicle was stuck and were seeking assistance.

Deputies contacted the residents of the home and entered to search for the suspects.  A woman was immediately arrested in the home without incident. The male suspect was found hiding in the home, and was shot by Park County Deputies following some type of altercation. Details about what led to the shooting are not available at this time.

The suspect, a 45-year-old man, was taken to a Denver area hospital where he is being treated. He remains in critical condition.

Deputies were not injured during the incident. Two Park County deputies were placed on paid administrative leave per agency policy.

CBI is coordinating with the 11th Judicial District Attorney’s Office on the investigation.