SHERIDAN, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Sheridan are searching for a man accused of injuring an officer while trying to get away from police.

According to police, at approximately 8 a.m. Sunday officers responded to a call about a suspicious person and vehicle at the 7-Eleven store located at 4096 South Federal Boulevard. Officers contacted the man and he gave them false information.

The scene Sunday morning (credit: BIll Masure)

The scene Sunday morning (credit: BIll Masure)

“The officers got the subject out of the vehicle. When the officers determined who he was and attempted to arrest him he jumped back into the still running car,” police said in a statement. “A Sheridan officer attempted to stop the subject from fleeing and became trapped between the open driver’s door and the driver’s seat as the suspect accelerated in reverse.”

The officer fell to the ground and was injured when the suspect fled the scene. Another officer followed in pursuit but the chase was called off when police were able to positively identify the suspect.

Ismael Rayos, (credit: Sheridan Police Department)

Ismael Rayos, (credit: Sheridan Police Department)

Police have identified the suspect at Ismael Rayos, 24, of Lakewood. Police say he later crashed his vehicle in Denver and a .380 caliber handgun was recovered from his vehicle.

The injured officer was taken to the hospital. He suffered scrapes, multiple contusions, and a sprained ankle.

The suspect's car (credit: BIll Masure)

The suspect’s car (credit: BIll Masure)

Police said they captured the whole incident on a body camera but aren’t releasing the video yet.

CBS4 found a nine-page criminal history report for Rayos with a plethora of arrests for all sorts of crimes such as felony theft and driving offenses

Anybody who knows the whereabouts of Rayos is asked to call police immediately.


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