RV fire prompts manhunt, officer to fire at suspect

KUSA - An officer-involved shooting closed US 50 in both directions Sunday night eight miles west of Canon City, according to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office. 

CSP first tweeted about the closure at around 8:55 p.m. They say it could last for multiple hours. 

Drivers are asked to use US 24 from Color

A suspect is in custody after what began as an investigation into a suspicious RV fire turned into a search for a stolen truck and a deputy from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office firing their service weapon. 

It all start just before 5 p.m. on Sunday, when deputies from Fremont County came to the 16000 block of US 50 after receiving a report that an RV in the area was on fire, according to a news release. 

That fire turned out to be suspicious – and a person of interest had taken off in a stolen truck, the sheriff’s office said. 

Deputies tracked the stolen vehicle through a private GPS tracker and ultimately found it just west of Canon City.

That’s when shots were fired at the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Robert Lee Fay of Montrose. 

He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and has since been released and taken to the Fremont County Jail. 

It’s unclear if Fay was armed or what led up to the shooting. 

Why the RV fire was suspicious was also not released. 

The incident and ensuing police activity closed US 50 in the area in both directions for multiple hours. 

The highway has since reopened. 
 

ado Springs to Highway 9, and then to go south to Highway 50 then east to Salida. 

CSP says drivers trying to head east from Salida should take US 285 north to US 24 and then to go east through Hartsel and to hit US 24 in Colorado Springs. 

No other details about the shooting were released by the Fremont County Sheriff's Office.  

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