DougCo Sheriff: Colorado camper shoots carjacking suspect who opened fire at passing cars

Posted at 10:51 PM, Jul 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 02:04:11-04

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — A camper wasn’t warding off a bear when gunshots rang out at the Devil's Head Campground Monday afternoon. 

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said the camper shot a carjacking suspect who opened fire at passing vehicles before pointing a rifle at the unsuspecting Devil's Head camper. 

The 29-year-old male suspect, whose name has not been released, sustained multiple gunshot wounds and is considered in stable condition. No other injuries were reported. 

According to the sheriff’s office, the crime spree began around 2 p.m. after the suspect carjacked a victim in El Paso County. 

After stealing the car, deputies say the suspect drove the vehicle into Pike National Forest where he began shooting randomly at passing vehicles, stopping once he arrived at Devil’s Head Campground.

At the campground, deputies say he approached the campground victim with a rifle, which began a confrontation and led to the shooting.

The incident forced authorities to close the campsite, which deputies said will remain closed for at least two days. 

The suspect will face charges out of Douglas County and will also have charges out of El Paso County. 

Douglas County charges will be determined after consulting with the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office but likely will include attempted murder and felony menacing.

It’s unclear if charges will be filed against the camper. No other details related to the incident have been released.