PARKER, Colo. (CBS4) – An entire neighborhood was on lockdown for several hours early Saturday morning as three dangerous criminals hid in backyards, even behind trees, trying to escape police.
“There were at least a couple armed, dangerous people in the neighborhood,” Parker resident Doug McKaig said.
A reverse 911 call delivered a message to 3,000 people in the Parker neighborhood.
“Lots of cars, SWAT teams … State Patrol, sheriff’s department, police in Parker; I don’t know where all of the SWAT came from,” McKaig said.
The pursuit started just after midnight at a Taco Bell off Plum Creek and Perry Street in Castle Rock. Police tried to contact Clifford Galley, 24, a wanted fugitive in a stolen vehicle.
“The suspects started firing at the officers and attempted to ram one of the officers,” Lt. Doreen Jokerst with Parker police said.
The suspects sped out of the drive-through headed towards Parker.
“Shots were fired at that time. The suspects continued northbound to the intersection of Clark Farms where they dumped the vehicle and fled on foot,” Jokerst said.
In the early morning hours police from eight different jurisdictions surrounded the neighborhood. Running in different directions, one suspect rang Frank Turek’s door bell.
“I slid the curtain aside and I saw the girl crouched behind our brick pillar. So I started banging on the window as hard as I could. My banging on the window got their attention. I heard them shout at her to put her hands up,” Turek said.
Police had Gwen Devilbiss, 19, in custody. Galley and David Vasquez, 25, were arrested nearby.
Officers hurt during the pursuit suffered only minor injuries.
“Crazy stuff happens in the world and tonight it happened in Parker for a few hours,” McKaig said.
The crime scene stretches from Castle Rock all the way to Parker. Because of the unusually large scene it will take a long time before police can release what charges all three suspects will face.