DENVER (KDVR) — Deputies were involved in a shooting and pursuit that ended with one suspect in the hospital and a crash into a 7-Eleven store. It was a chase that would last nearly 40 miles.
Just before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said Thornton Police officers were involved in a shooting in Thornton. The sheriff’s office said officers were shot at during the chase, but they did not return fire at that time.
“At some point, the suspect began firing shots at Thornton Police officers. At this point, we believe there was two volleys of gunfire from the suspect vehicle at the Thornton officers,” Douglas County Sheriff Darren Weekly said.
Following the shooting, Thornton officers and Douglas County deputies pursued the vehicle. The suspect sideswiped two drivers during the pursuit and swerved toward an officer’s cruiser.
Police chase travels from Thornton to Castle Rock
The chase started just after 5 a.m. at 58th Avenue and Interstate 76. It then headed down Interstate 25 before ending in Castle Rock.
According to Weekly, deputies deployed stop sticks to try and stop the vehicle. Eventually, the pursuit ended in Castle Rock when the suspect crashed into the front of a 7-Eleven. Investigators said the driver intentionally crashed into the gas station.
The suspect then got out of the vehicle when, according to Weekly, deputies believed he brandished a firearm. Deputies fired back in response and hit the suspect several times.
The male suspect was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to face several charges. A second female suspect was in the car and was taken into custody.
“We will not tolerate this type of behavior in Douglas County. We will not tolerate shootings at police officers, and we hope this case will be fully investigated for a successful prosecution,” Weekly said.
Driver in police chase, shooting, expected to survive
The sheriff’s office confirmed no deputies or officers were injured in the shooting. A clerk and a customer were inside the 7-Eleven at the time of the crash, but they were also uninjured.
Officers will review body-worn cameras and check to see if surveillance video exists showing the crash inside the convenience store.
Thornton Police said the truck seemed suspicious and officers believed it was stolen.
“It’s a truck (that has) been spraypainted with red lettering in the back of it as well as a misused plate,” said Jesus Mendez, public information officer for Thornton Police.
SkyFOX was over the scene on Wednesday morning, where a heavy police presence surrounded the 7-Eleven off Plum Creek Parkway and Wilcox Street.
FOX31’s Vicente Arenas contributed reporting.