CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – The suspect who was shot and killed after a chase and crash in Douglas County on Tuesday has been identified as 19-year-old Nicholas Ryan from Aurora.

Nicholas Ryan (credit: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office)

Investigators say deputies with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office started chasing a stolen vehicle near C470 and South Broadway at about 3:30 a.m. The suspects reportedly fired shots at the deputies multiple times during the five-mile pursuit. Investigators said they were also dropping items from the SUV. The driver crashed at Dry Creek Road and Interstate 25, near the Greenwood Village-Centennial border.

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Ryan was shot and killed. A second suspect was hospitalized but investigators didn’t say whether that suspect was shot or hurt in the crash. A third suspect, identified as 20-year-old Peirce Langewisch, was arrested.

Peirce Langewisch (credit: Douglas County)

Deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office were the only officers involved. No law enforcement officers were hurt.

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Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock told reporters the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office is leading the investigation because the shooting took place in their jurisdiction.


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