Jul 7, 2011 5:49 PM by David Ortiviz

70-mile chase ends with officer involved shooting

A juvenile leads law enforcement on a chase across three counties and it ends with an officer-involved shooting. The pursuit started early this morning in Alamosa. Sheriff deputies and state troopers followed the suspect east on highway 160 through Alamosa, Costilla and Huerfano Counties before he was finally caught.

The Huerfano County Undersheriff David McCain says the juvenile, who was driving a white van, was caught when he slammed into a patrol car near 5th and Main St. in Walsenburg.

"At that point the shooting occurred. The driver of the vehicle sustained non-life threatening injuries and is now being treated," said McCain.

McCain isn't saying whether deputies were fired upon, however one man described the scene as a shootout. "Windows are shot out and there's bullet casing all over on the street and one of our sheriff vehicles that was out parked in front of the stop light was all dented and smashed," said Donald Cordova, who works at a restaurant on Main St.

Two deputies have been put on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues. UPDATE: The sheriff's office says the deputies were not inujured.

For now, many are still wondering why the juvenile was trying to get away? "Something you ain't expecting to see in a quiet community where nothing like this ever happens," said Cordova.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Colorado State Patrol are assisting the Huerfano County Sheriff's Office with the investigation.



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