A Parachute-area man was shot and killed by law enforcement yesterday after a high speed chase on Interstate 70. The incident started late in the afternoon when deputies from the Garfield County Sheriff's Office responded to a felony domestic violence call in Parachute. Officers spotted the suspect and a pursuit ensued. The suspect reached speeds that exceeded 95 miles per hour over a stretch of about 30 miles.
Spikes set up along the Interstate slowed and eventually stopped the suspect's vehicle. According to a Sheriff's Office press release, the suspect got out of his vehicle and held a gun to his head. Officers ordered him to stop, then he headed toward the Interstate with the gun. Shots were fired by law enforcement and the suspect was hit. He was transported to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, where he was later pronounced dead. His name is being withheld while family is notified. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation arrived around 6pm, and began their investigation. Eastbound Interstate 70 was closed to traffic for about five hours yesterday. It reopened at 9:30pm. The exit 109 entrance ramp onto Interstate 70 remains closed today.