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Shooting, crash on Shields and Elizabeth

Early this morning, a driver and a passenger were involved in a shooting and then a crash with police.
(Graphic Illustration by Malia Berry | The Collegian)

Earlier this morning, a shooting and car crash both occurred in the same incident. The crash and shooting happened in Fort Collins and involved a Larimer County Deputy. The vehicle chased by police was also suspected of being involved in a kidnapping. 

Yesterday evening near 11 p.m., there was a call involving a kidnapping in Weld County. The suspected vehicle made its way into Fort Collins, where police noticed it matched their description. 


Near South Shields Street and West Elizabeth Street, police activated their lights and began to chase the suspected car. The car refused to pull over, and police chased the vehicle for several miles through Fort Collins heading west, weaving in and out of the eastbound lanes with traffic heading toward them in the opposite direction.  

As the chase continued, police deployed spikes in an attempt to disable the car. The suspect then drove their vehicle in the direction of a deputy. That deputy began to open fire at the vehicle in an attempt to deter the driver. The driver sped off, continuing to head east and avoid police.  

Near Horsetooth Road and Shields Street, the driver finally pulled over. A man and a woman both exited the car, and the man began to run on foot. The woman was taken into custody and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The man, who suffered serious injuries after his hazardous driving, was in custody soon after. He was taken to a nearby hospital as well.

No law enforcement, personnel or bystanders were injured despite the shooting, dangerous driving and car crash.

Reach Tyler Weatherwax or on Twitter @twwax7272.

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Tyler Weatherwax
Tyler Weatherwax, News Editor
Tyler Weatherwax is a second-year attending Colorado State University. He has lived in the state of Colorado for his entire life and grew up just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park. He is currently majoring in journalism and media communication and is a news editor for The Collegian and assistant news director for KCSU. Weatherwax hopes to share some of the world with people through his reporting and experiences. His goal as a journalist is to bring information to others in the hopes that it inspires and educates them in their lives. He also tries to push himself into the unknown to cause some discomfort in his life and reporting. Weatherwax has been a DJ for 90.5 FM KCSU as well as 88.3 FM KFFR. Some things Weatherwax enjoys doing are playing bass guitar, reading, collecting records, going outside and spending time with his friends and family. Weatherwax hopes to become a journalist after he graduates and to see more of the world.

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    CelesteNov 5, 2023 at 7:41 am

    This headline is misleading and makes it sound like the shooting was the person running, not the dumb sheriff trying to stop a car with a gun. ‍♀️

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    DT TysonNov 4, 2023 at 8:27 am

    So I have questions about this report, Tyler, because you seem to have omitted the final and most impactful portion of this chase; whereas the suspect vehicle was thwarted when they attempted to avoid a second spike strip, launching their car into a parking lot, and closing North bound Shields St for almost 12 hours.
    Complete, correct and proper reporting of a story is Essential.