Deputies: Suspect in gun store burglary tried to escape Jefferson County precinct through ceiling

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - The suspect in a gun store burglary tried to escape from an interview room in a Jefferson County precinct by crawling through the ceiling tiles, investigators said.

Officers responding to an alarm at Denver Guns & Ammo on West Coal Mine Avenue near South Wadsworth Boulevard early Monday morning said they found Christopher Snow hiding inside a trash bin nearby.

Two handguns belonging to Denver Guns & Ammo as well as some illegal drugs were found inside of the trash bin, according to Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

An AR-15 was found on the roof of the gun store, a second AR-15 was recovered from the entrance to the business and a third handgun was found on the sidewalk outside of the store.

Sheriff’s investigators transported Snow to the south precinct to be interviewed. While investigators were outside of the interview room, Snow stood on a chair and lifted himself up into the ceiling, Kelley said.

The building was immediately evacuated while deputies searched for the suspect. The suspect was quickly caught inside of the duct work above the drop ceiling.

The investigation is ongoing, and additional suspects may be arrested.

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