Deputy jumps into action to tackle suspect

GOLDEN - The armed man authorities say hijacked one vehicle, stole two others and tried to commandeer more before a deputy wrestled him to the pavement on a highway west of Denver was identified as 37-year-old Christopher David Sullivan.

Sullivan has a lengthy criminal history stretching back to 1999. He served a year in jail after being found guilty of vehicle theft in 2001. He was found guilty of felony drug possession in 2002. Also in 2002, he was convicted for possession of a dangerous weapon.

No injuries were reported in the chase Wednesday afternoon.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department says the pursuit began when a car with Sullivan and a juvenile female inside fled during a traffic stop.

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Authorities say one or both of the pair were then allegedly involved in hijacking a car with two people inside, stealing a pickup, crashing an SUV through a garage door and trying to steal two trucks.

SKY9 video also shows a man apparently trying to flag down other cars.

The female separated from Sullivan and was taken into custody first.

Her name has not been released.

Sullivan could face 12 charges, including attempted murder of a police officer, felony motor-vehicle theft, burglary and aggravated robbery. His bond was set at $1 million.

Deputy says he was just doing his job

Deputy Fred Haggett who helped bring down Sullivan says he was just doing his job.

"I'm very tuned into the fact that he's got a rifle and I've got a handgun and distance is to his advantage, and I want to engage him," Haggett said.

Haggett was on traffic patrol on a motorcycle and was in the area when the suspect got on the highway.

Haggett aimed his handgun at the suspect as he drove by. When he ditches the bike, the Sullivan listens to his commands and drops his guns.

"He's putting his hands in the air saying 'don't shoot me! Don't shoot me! But then he's not following the orders to get down on the ground, so I can take him into custody," he said.

As Sulllivan makes his way towards another car, Haggett jumps him. Then, two passengers from other cars jump in to help.

"I'm very grateful for both of the citizens who came in to help out," he said.

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