By Jack Lowenstein

ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4) — Arvada Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place Wednesday night. A carjacking suspect fired gunshots at responding officers, who returned fire and injured the suspect. He was taken to the hospital in unknown condition.

(credit: CBS)

According to the Arvada Police Department tweet, officers responded to a  suspect who was accused of firing a gun and then stealing a vehicle in the 6400 block of Sheridan Boulevard. A woman says the suspect shot into her SUV and then stole it from her.

This led officers to chase the suspect driving the stolen vehicle. The suspect is then accused of firing shots at responding officers, who returned fire and hit the suspect. Police apprehended him, and he was taken to the hospital in unknown condition.

Police say car thefts in Arvada are more common than they have been in the past and often lead to more crime.

“We’re finding that a great percentage of these vehicles are being stolen and used for other crimes,” Arvada Det. David Snelling said. “So they’re not just being used for transportation; they’re being stolen to commit much more serious crimes.”

Neither the woman whose SUV was stolen nor any responding officers were hurt.

 

Jack Lowenstein