Fight with cab driver ends with shots fired and a standoff on Boulder's University Hill

Officer injured, possibly from bullet fragment

BOULDER, Colo. - Two police officers and a suspect are recovering from injuries after a shooting and standoff in Boulder early Friday morning.

The suspect, identified Friday evening as 23-year-old Coleman Stewart, was shot twice during the incident but police called his injuries "non-life threatening." The officers, who were injured by "a projectile" and flying glass, were both treated on the scene.

Police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said Stewart, a non-degree seeking student in the CU-Boulder Continuing Education Program, had been drinking with friends Thursday night. When they became worried about him, they called him a cab and tried to send him home.

"As the taxi neared its destination at about 1 a.m., it appeared to the driver that Stewart was planning to bail out of the cab without paying his fare," Huntley wrote.

The taxi driver stopped outside the police annex at 13th and College streets and started shouting for help.

When an officer came outside, he saw the driver chasing Stewart. The officer joined the chase and radioed for backup, Huntley said.

Stewart ran to his apartment on the southeast corner of 11th and College streets, just a few blocks from the police annex. The officers who gathered outside the building later allegedly saw him point a gun at them through a window on a door.

They didn't know at the time that it was a pellet gun and opened fire, Huntley said.

When SWAT officers were able to make contact shortly after 3:30 a.m., they found Stewart had been shot twice.

Huntley did not clarify what type of projectile injured one of the officers or where it came from.

Inside the apartment, officers found the pellet gun -- a replica of a Smith and Wesson semiautomatic handgun.

The three officers who fired their weapons in this case were placed on administrative leave with pay. 

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