Officer fatally shot in Colorado; manhunt underway for two suspects

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Officer fatally shot in Colorado; manhunt underway for two suspects

A manhunt is underway for two suspects after an Adams County sheriff’s deputy was killed while responding to a call of an assault-in-progress on the southern edge of Thornton Wednesday night.The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says that the suspect fled after deputies arrived on the 8700 block of Dawson Street just before 7 p.m. Deputies then began searching for the suspect, and after finding either the suspect or suspects, they fled again.

At the time of this writing, one suspect is in custody while law enforcement searches for two more based on witness testimony.The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says that the suspects are dressed in all back and either dark-skinned Hispanic men or light-skinned African American men.

Anyone with information should immediately call deputies at 720-322-1313.

Police said the incident began when they were responding to an “assault in progress” and found that a suspect had fled upon their arrival.After a search of the area, police said, they found a male in the area who matched a suspect description.

The suspect fled behind a house, and fired at deputies with a handgun when confronted, a police spokeswoman said. He hit one deputy in the chest before fleeing on foot, police said.Authorities said they are looking for “two light-skinned black males or dark-skinned Hispanic males dressed in all black.”

SWAT teams were continuing to look for the suspects as the dragnet continued late into the night, and police were reportedly using airborne drones to search the area.

“Officer down, please avoid the area of 88th and Dawston Street,” the Adams County Sheriff’s Office tweeted shortly after the shooting. “Large perimeter with suspect still at large.”

The tweet advised residents in the area to “seek shelter away from the doors and windows.”In a follow-up tweet, the department described a “large dangerous scene with active searches in progress.”

“Tonight we watched as a community was on edge and a sheriff’s deputy was shot while responding to a call in Adams County,” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened to learn that the deputy has died from injuries sustained in the shooting. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and the family and friends of the deputy killed. The investigation is ongoing and authorities continue to work to restore calm to the area.”