LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – A man who was shot by a police officer south of Longmont Saturday afternoon is said to be in critical condition on Sunday.
According to Mike Wagner with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, the man was walking on Highway 287 without a shirt and a gun in his waistband. Drivers called police saying he seemed to be agitated and trying to “pick a fight with passing cars.”
“Multiple reports are that he had a handgun of some caliber tucked into his waistband and he wasn’t wearing a shirt,” Wagner told CBS4’s Jeff Todd.
A female deputy was the first to arrive and the suspect shot out her driver’s side window. The deputy returned fire and struck the suspect.
“As she was arriving on scene the man pulled the weapon and began to engage her with gunfire,” Wagner said. “There was an exchange of gunfire. He was shot several times.”
The deputy then rendered aid to the suspect.
The suspect’s name hasn’t been released but deputies believe he lives in the area. He was initially taken to Longmont United Hospital after the incident but was flown to an unknown Denver hospital Saturday night. Wagner said the man’s condition was “grave.”
Highway 287 reopened to all traffic at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.