Lafayette, CO – A Lafayette police officer was shot early on Tuesday morning after a stolen car suspect opened fire on police at a gas station in Colorado, and the gunman who shot him is dead.
The incident occurred at about 1:25 a.m. on Nov. 8 at the Circle K gas station located in the 200-block of West South Boulder Road, KDVR reported.
Lafayette police said an automated license place reader notified officers of a stolen vehicle near South Boulder Road and Dixon Avenue.
The stolen vehicle – a silver Toyota Camry – was spotted, unoccupied, parked a gas pump at Circle K, KDVR reported.
When officers arrived at the gas station, they saw the suspect leaving the convenience store to go to a vehicle.
But then police said the suspects started to walk away, according to KDVR.
Authorities said that, suddenly, one of the suspects started running back to the stolen Toyota.
As he ran, police said the suspect pulled out a handgun and opened fire on the officers.
Lafayette police said one officer was shot in the leg, KDVR reported.
A second officer returned fire at the suspect.
Officials said that suspect died of his gunshot wounds inside the stolen Toyota at the gas station, KDVR reported.
The wounded officer was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Officials said later on Tuesday morning that the officer was in stable condition but they have not yet released his identity or that of the dead alleged car thief, KDVR reported.
Police also detained a second suspect at the scene but no information about that person has been released.
The Boulder County Critical Incident Team will investigate the officer-involved shooting, KDVR reported.
Lafayette police said that the wounded officer has been placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated, as is protocol for all officer-involved shootings.
— Dave Hunter (@KOAJetcopter) November 8, 2022
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