Police involved in shooting on Colo. interstate

8:51 PM, Feb 1, 2014   |    comments
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GEORGETOWN, Colo. (AP) - A shooting involving police and a motorist backed up heavy weekend ski traffic on westbound Interstate 70 Friday evening.

"He was going a decnt rate of speed and then cut us off," Kevin Sullivan, traveler on I-70, said.

Sullivan and his family were headed to the mountains to go skiing when they found themselves directly behind a suspected drunk driver.

"He literally spun out, hit an inner guard rail, turned sideways, clipped a Gold SUV," Sullivan said. "This stopped traffic on I-70 completely and the gentleman just kept going."

Sullivan managed to capture some of this action on his cell phone.

"I mean it was crazy. I mean this is I-70 on Friday afternoon going up to the mountains," Sullivan said.

The Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office issued a statement saying one of its deputies shot a male motorist who was fleeing from police. Investigators say the driver was repeatedly ramming the car in front of him when he was shot after a low-speed chase through heavy traffic.

"There's no doubt that gentleman was not stopping and he was going to hurt someone severely," Sullivan said.

The name and condition of the motorist was not immediately released.

The incident closed westbound I-70 for about six hours. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is investigating.

"Quite a dramatic experience for the family and the kids," Sullivan said.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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