An attempt by Woodland Park Police officers to apprehend a car thief ended in tragedy for the thief.
At about 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 22, the Woodland Park Police Department closed eastbound U.S. 24 near the Woodland Park Walmart because of an officer-involved shooting. A news release from the department stated that officers were attempting to make an arrest involving a stolen vehicle when an officer started firing his weapon.
A source who wished to remain anonymous said the thief was driving a station wagon and attempted to use it to run over the officers, which is what precipitated the shots fired.
The police department did not name the officers who fired weapons but did confirm that more than one officer was involved in the incident. These officers have been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation by the 4th Judicial District. This is standard procedure when law enforcement officers are involved in shooting incidents.
No officers were injured. A suspect was injured but the department did not release the suspect's name, the name of the hospital he was taken to or his condition. According to a report from KKTV the family of the man who was shot said he died from his injuries.
Until the highway reopened at about 9 p.m., traffic from Woodland Park was being rerouted down Aspen Garden Way to Old Crystola Road. The highway reopened at about 9 p.m. Further information about the investigation will be released by the judicial district.