Fatal officer-involved shooting closes EB I-70 near New Castle for hours

Domestic violence call, pursuit preceeded shooting

NEW CASTLE, Colo. - Eastbound Interstate 70 between New Castle and Canyon Creek reopened Tuesday night after a fatal officer-involved shooting shutdown the highway. Eastbound Highway 6 was also closed.

Earlier, both directions of the interstate were closed.

Garfield County deputies were dispatched on a felony domestic violence call in Parachute Tuesday afternoon.

The incident began with a felony domestic violence call in Parachute at 4:15 p.m. Deputies obtained a description of the suspect and the red pickup he was driving and aired the information.

A vehicle matching the description was spotted entering I-70 at mile 81 and a high-speed pursuit ensued all the way to mile 106 where Colorado State Troopers set up spikes on the interstate in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The spikes flattened several tires on the pickup and slowed the vehicle's speed from 95 miles per hour. The driver then exited at mile 109.

"The vehicle went up the exit ramp and started back down the entrance ramp where it came to a stop," said Garfield County Sheriff's Office PIO Walt Stowe. "The suspect then exited the vehicle holding a gun to his head. He was ordered to stop. He then headed towards the Interstate with the gun and failing to follow orders given by the deputies. Shots were fired and the suspect was hit."

The wounded suspect was transported to the Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs where he was later pronounced dead. His identity has not been released.

No deputies or law enforcement officers were injured in the pursuit or shooting, Stowe said. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation was called in to aid in the investigation.

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