GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) – An investigation is underway after Greeley police officers shot and killed a man suspected in a crime spree.
It started Wednesday night just before 10 p.m. with a report of an armed robbery at an ATM outside a bowling alley on 8th Avenue downtown.
The man, whose name has not been released, carjacked a vehicle belonging to a couple and in the process was also allegedly trying to get their friend to withdraw money out of an ATM so he could steal it.
Both witnesses and police said the man was acting violently. He was allegedly armed with a sawed-off shotgun and a handgun at the time.
“I heard the weapons before the cops even came,” said a witness who didn’t want to be identified.
He sped off in the stolen vehicle, a white Pontiac, as officers arrived and allegedly pointed a gun at police but didn’t fire.
Approximately 90 minutes later police spotted the suspect driving on the 1400 block of 6th Avenue. Police say he made an unsuccessful attempt to run over one of the officers there when he was confronted and the vehicle collided with a garage.
“What scared me is he was trying to hijack a car so if he had a gun, I could have been in that crossfire as well,” said the witness.
That led to a chase which ended in a crash in Evans south of Greeley at Highway 85 and 31st Street. Authorities say officers shot and killed the man as he was attempting to steal another vehicle, a white Chevy sedan at the intersection.
Both directions of Highway 85 were closed in Evans due to police activity, and remained that way for much of Thursday morning.
Police also said a dog also escaped from one of the cars the man was trying to steal before he was shot and hasn’t been located. It was described as being “a small tan/brown Pomeranian.” Animal control officers were trying to locate the animal in hopes of reuniting it with its owner.