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Police: Shots fired after suspect flees from routine traffic stop

DENVER — A routine traffic stop conducted by Aurora Police Friday evening turned into an officer-involved shooting in Denver after the suspect fled the scene of the initial stop.

At approximately 11:12 p.m. Friday, officers from the Aurora Police Department pulled over a vehicle in the area of E. Colfax Avenue and N. Yosemite Street for a traffic violation, said APD spokesman Chris Amsler. While police were speaking with the driver, he shifted his car into drive and fled the scene.

Amsler said an investigator from the East Metro Auto Theft Team saw the suspect vehicle in the vicinity of E. Smith Road and N. Havana Street shortly after the initial stop. According to the EMATT investigator, the suspect vehicle pulled into the parking lot in the 5100 block of N. Havana Street in Denver.

At that point, officers attempted to block the car from fleeing again.

Police said the suspect then drove into an officer vehicle, after which shots were fired.

The suspect then fled the parking lot and drove back onto N. Havana Street.

Police followed the suspect, eventually stopping at N. Tucson Street and E. 56th Avenue, said Amsler. The suspect failed to comply with police demands to exit his vehicle. This forced an officer to break out the driver-side window and remove the suspect, who was then taken into police custody.

The suspect was treated for minor non-life-threatening injuries at a nearby hospital, said police.

He was later released from the hospital and taken into custody by the Denver Police Department.

DPD identified the suspect as 51-year-old Jeff Strouse.

Strouse faces failure to appear warrant, vehicular eluding and aggravated driving after revocation charges, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation documents.

The documents also showed that Strouse had a number of prior arrests, including drug and alcohol charges.

Amsler said DPD is handling the investigation since the officer-involved shooting incident occurred in the City of Denver. However, he added that APD will conduct an internal investigation as well.

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