PUEBLO, Colo. — The Pueblo Police Department (PPD) reported a pursuit and officer involved shooting on Tuesday that resulted in the closure of southbound Interstate 25, and we now know that the pursuit was linked to an earlier attempted theft of an ATM in Pueblo.
According to a press release sent out by PPD, at around 7:47 a.m. on Tuesday, a dark colored Ford F350 attempted to steal an ATM from the Sunflower bank on the southside of Pueblo. During the incident, the suspect fired a rifle at a witness in the area.
Officers arrived on scene and were able to locate the truck, which then led officers on a pursuit. Police terminated the pursuit due to excessive speeds in a residential area and the suspect’s failure to obey traffic signals. Police later discovered that the F350 was a stolen vehicle.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., officers located the stolen truck driving in the area of West Pueblo Blvd and Lake Avenue. The vehicle stopped in the parking lot of a business in the area, and while officers were establishing a perimeter, the occupants of the vehicle were able to escape and carjack a 70-year-old woman in a nearby parking lot.
The suspects led officers on another pursuit through Pueblo, at which point the occupants of the car pointed at least one firearm out the window and fired on officers, and one officer fired back. A successful PIT maneuver disabled the suspects’ vehicle and ended the pursuit.
All three occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody on scene. Two occupants suffered injuries and were transported to a local hospital, and a third was uninjured. All officers involved were uninjured.
The involved officers were placed on administrative leave per standard protocol.