AURORA, Colo. - Aurora and Denver Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened late Friday night in Denver.
According Aurora Police, officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the area of East Colfax Avenue and Yosemite Street just after 11 p.m. While the officers were speaking with the driver, he put his vehicle into drive and fled from the scene of the stop, police said.
The vehicle was spotted a short time later in the area of East Smith Road and North Havana Street by an Investigator from the East Metro Auto Theft Team, who was driving an unmarked vehicle. The suspect's vehicle pulled into in a parking lot near 51st Avenue and Havana Street in Denver. Once the vehicle stopped, officers attempted to block the suspect’s vehicle to prevent him from fleeing and to take him into custody. The suspect then drove his vehicle into the officer's vehicle, shots were fired, police said. The suspect was then able to escape out of the parking lot and drove back onto Havana Street.
Police then pursued the vehicle which eventually came to a stop at North Tucson Street and East 56th Avenue. The suspect failed to comply with officers' commands to get out of the vehicle. An officer was forced to break out the driver side window to extract the suspect who was then taken into custody according to police.
The suspect sustained minor non-life threatening injuries and was treated at a local hospital. He was later released and taken into custody by the Denver Police Department.
He was identified Saturday as 51-year-old Jeff Strouse.
The Denver Police Department is handling the investigation into the incident, since the shooting happened in Denver. An internal investigation will also be conducted by the Aurora Police Department.