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No charges against officers who killed suspect

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Posted at 11:23 AM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-19 22:47:43-05

Prosecutors won't file charges against four officers who shot and killed an armed robbery suspect following a high-speed chase.

Adams County District Attorney Dave Young announced his decision Thursday in the Nov. 10 death of 36-year-old Jason Mesaros of Loveland.

The shooting and chase stemmed from a robbery earlier that day. A man was pistol whipped inside of his home on Sunshine Canyon. The two robbers took off with stolen marijuana in a white, 2012 Chevrolet Suburban, triggering a law enforcement pursuit. During the pursuit, at least two vehicles were hit, Boulder police said.

Officers lost sight of the vehicle, but later that night, another vehicle believed to be connected to one of the robbery suspects was spotted in Longmont, triggering another chase.

Police said about 30 miles later, the driver stopped, brandished a gun and was shot and killed near the intersection of U.S. 85 and East 144th Avenue in Brighton. That suspect was identified by the coroner as Jason Mesaros.

A second man, Garrett Lee Mendes of Loveland, was arrested in Greeley on suspicion of kidnapping, burglary, aggravated robbery, assault, theft, felony menacing and criminal mischief.

A third suspect, Donna Gritzo, 30, was arrested on suspicion that she was a co-conspirator to commit kidnapping, burglary, aggravated robbery, assault and theft. Authorities said Gritzo knew about the attack before it happened but didn't say anything. She was a former employee of the victim and told police she knew the suspects.

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