GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — (UPDATE): New details in an officer-involved shooting in Garfield County, that left one person dead.
I-70 was shut down in both directions on Saturday evening after police responded to a reported armed robbery at the El Azteca in West Glenwood Springs.
The suspect, later identified as 42-year-old Eric Reynolds of New Castle fled from a traffic stop, leading to a high-speed chase down the interstate and ending when the suspect traveled east in the westbound lanes of the roadway.
Authorities say after the vehicle crashed, Reynolds pulled out a handgun while trying to flee on foot. He allegedly refused to obey commands and was ultimately shot by New Castle police officers.
There was also a female subject in the vehicle, who surrendered without incident.
(ORIGINAL): A fatal officer-involved shooting shut down Interstate 70 in western Colorado for several hours. The shooting was reported at about 2 p.m. Saturday between Canyon Creek and New Castle.
Garfield County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Walt Stowe says investigators were awaiting a coroner’s report and notification of the victim’s family before releasing more information about what led to the shooting.
The highway detour combined with snowy weather and slick roads caused accidents on Highway 6 during the detour, forcing the closure of that route for a period of time. The Colorado Department of Transportation says Interstate 70 reopened in both directions shortly after 8 p.m.