WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4) — A burglary suspect involved in a chase with Westminster police ended up stealing a patrol car before officers were able to catch him, officials say. He was later identified as Shawn Baumgardner, 32.

Shawn Baumgardner

Shawn Baumgardner (credit: Westminster Police)

Sgt. Trevor Materasso with the Westminster Police said they initially approached the suspect near Sheridan Boulevard and West 76th Avenue. He was on foot and officers deployed a Taser, but the man was able to get into a police car and take off — with the lights and siren on.

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The Adams County Sheriff’s Office was called in to help, but Westminster officers were able to pin the stolen patrol car about a mile away — near Highway 36 and Zuni Street.

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At some point, officers say someone fired shots — but police haven’t clarified whether it was an officer or the suspect. They did say one officer went to the hospital with a minor injury.

The suspect was taken into custody. Police say he is suspected of burglarizing a Grease Monkey on Dec. 23 and has a “very extensive criminal history.”

“Police are not looking for any other suspects, but several officers, uniform and plain clothes will be canvassing several areas near 76th/Sheridan and Zuni/Hwy 36,” officials said.

  1. Police routinely violate the law by leaving patrol cars idling — but this is never reported.

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