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Officers fired at during alleged DUI incident in Commerce City

Suspects have been taken into custody
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Posted at 8:00 PM, Nov 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-30 07:10:53-05

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Brighton Boulevard was closed for several hours Monday after shots were fired at officers and deputies in Commerce City, according to Commerce City Police Department.

The department said officers responded to the report of a DUI driver in the northbound lanes of the 7500 block of Brighton Boulevard at about 6:15 p.m.

When officers arrived, at least one person shot at them. The Commerce City officers returned fire.

Multiple people then took off in a vehicle.

Officers chased the vehicle, which ended up crashing in the 7600 block of Brighton Boulevard. The occupants of the vehicle refused to get out of the vehicle.

The Commerce City Police Department and Adams County Sheriff's Office SWAT teams responded to the scene to assist.

By 8:48 p.m., the sheriff's office said the scene was secure. At least two people were taken into custody, but possibly more.

No officers or bystanders were injured. Two men involved in the incident were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries they sustained during the incident.

The incident impacted traffic at both Highway 85 and Brighton Boulevard. Brighton Boulevard was closed for several hours as investigators conducted the investigation and reopened around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. Officials said drivers in the area should use Dahlia Street to get around the closure. The Commerce City Police Department is handling the investigation.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office initially said the incident may have stemmed from road rage and that people were fighting in the street prior to the shooting, however, the Commerce City Police Department did not confirm these details.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct that the incident did not stem from road rage as the Adams County Sheriff's Office initially indicated.