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DENVER (CBS4) – Police officers from Thornton, Adams County, Denver and Aurora departments were searching Thursday morning in Denver’s Montbello neighborhood for a man who fired a gun at a police car.

Thornton police said one of its police cars was hit by gunfire overnight but no officers were injured.

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According Matt Barnes, a spokesman for Thornton PD, an officer from his department came into contact early Thursday morning with a vehicle near 88th and Santa Fe Drive in Thornton. That vehicle, possible a white pickup truck, had been reported stolen out of Adams County.

Thornton’s officer followed it. Two people were inside. One of them shot at the officer’s vehicle, hitting it.

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Police caught up to the suspect vehicle, which had crashed, at East 56th Avenue and Worchester Street in Montbello. One person, the passenger, was taken into custody there at 3:50 a.m.

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Cesar Alexis Pinedo (credit: Thornton Police)

A perimeter was established and a search began that involved a helicopter and K9 units. A few hours later, the perimeter was lifted with no further arrest made.

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Later in the morning police said Cesar Pinedo, 20, was the person who was taken into custody. He was arrested for investigation of attempted 1st degree murder of a police officer, aggravated motor vehicle theft and felony eluding.

The name of the suspect who is at large is either not known or hasn’t been released. He was described as being a tall, skinny Hispanic man who was wearing a puffy or heavy jacket.

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