DENVER - Crime Stoppers is offering $2,000 for information that will help police find the driver of a green Jeep Cherokee who police say tried to run over a sheriff’s deputy early Wednesday morning.
Police told 7NEWS that the deputy fired his handgun at the driver, who then fled west on Colfax.
“The deputy was southbound on I-25 on his way to work,” said Police Department Spokesman Sonny Jackson. “He spotted a vehicle driving in an erratic manner.”
Jackson said both the deputy and the Jeep driver exited the freeway at Colfax.
“They came to a stop at the stoplight,” Jackson said. “The deputy got out of his pickup and went over to talk to the driver.”
Jackson said the deputy told investigators that the driver took off, and then stopped suddenly.
“Then he backed up toward the deputy at a high rate of speed,” Jackson said. “The deputy discharged his weapon.”
Jackson said the deputy felt threatened.
When asked if the driver of the Jeep was hit, Jackson said, “We don’t know. We’ve checked area hospitals but no one has come in.”
Police aren’t releasing the name of the deputy.
They said the case is still under investigation.
When asked if the deputy was acting as a law enforcement officer when he tried to make contact with the driver, Jackson replied, “I don’t know. They’re still trying to determine that.”
He did say that the deputy did not try to pull the driver over.
“They were both stopped at a red light,” Jackson said. “He had no means on his personal vehicle to pull him over.”
When asked if the deputy broke department policy, police said that both criminal and administrative investigations are underway.
“Until both are completed, we cannot answer any questions related to the conduct of the officer in this matter,” Police said.
They described the Jeep as an older model Cherokee with an unknown temporary license plate.
According to the crime alert announcing the reward money for anyone who helps police solve the crime, the rear window displayed a sticker in the shape of an “O.”
Police told 7NEWS there is a possibility that the vehicle sustained damage due to the shooting.
“The driver is described as a white male, late 20s to early 30s, with a thin face and possible mustache and goatee,” according to the crime alert. “He was wearing a black colored beanie hat.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).