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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - Two suspects in an armed carjacking on Lookout Mountain were captured Wednesday afternoon after a short-lived, but brazen crime spree.
Around 4 p.m., a sheriff's deputy reported "shots fired" from the suspects after he spotted a carjacked blue Subaru Outback heading up Mount Vernon Canyon Road on Lookout Mountain, west of Golden, Colo.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office described the suspects as a white male and female. The deputy radioed that the male suspect was armed with a rifle and a handgun, which was confirmed by the sheriff's office.
AIRTRACKER7 arrived over the scene and video from our chopper showed the suspect armed with a rifle and a handgun. He was walking nonchalantly through the woods, dressed in dark jeans, a black tank top and dark baseball cap when he was first spotted by the helicopter. A blonde-haired woman could be seen walking behind the man. She was dressed in black and appeared to be carrying a black backpack. She became separated from the male suspect and was taken into custody without incident at 4:15 p.m. by a sheriff's deputy along U.S. Highway 40 near Mount Vernon Road.
The male suspect walked into a highway maintenance facility at Highway 40 and Rockland Road and entered the cabs of two dump trucks, before walking away and onto Rockland Road.
At 4:17 p.m., the suspect could be seen entering a nearby home and then driving a stolen car out of a closed garage, smashing through the garage door. The suspect drove to the end of a dead-end road next to Interstate 70 and then tried to stop vehicles on the interstate by waving his rifle at drivers. Several vehicle slowed. That's when a Jefferson County motorcycle deputy engaged him, pointing his service revolver at the gunman who continued to try and stop passing cars.
The suspect laid down his rifle but refused to surrender, running down the interstate -- away from the pursuing deputy. He was finally grabbed and captured by the motorcycle deputy and thrown to the pavement. Stunned motorists walked up and helped subdue the suspect before other deputies arrived to secure the scene.
The motorcycle officer who took down the suspect was later identified as Deputy Fred Haggett, a veteran of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
Traffic was backed up for at least a mile in the westbound lanes of the interstate. The westbound lanes were then closed at Genesee at 4:30 p.m. and reopened an hour later.
Later video from AIRTRACKER7 showed deputies talking to a man and woman in front of the smashed garage on Rockland Road and another apparently related scene with deputies talking to a man next to a pickup truck that appeared to have been driven across grass where it stopped next a paved road.