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Suspect arrested after attempted armed carjacking on I-25, police say

A Colorado State Patrol trooper fired one shot at the woman but didn't hit her on the interstate near Monument, authorities said.

MONUMENT, Colo. — A woman was in custody after she fled from Castle Rock police in a stolen car and then attempted a carjacking on Interstate 25 near Monument on Monday morning, according to law enforcement.

A Colorado State Patrol (CSP) trooper fired one shot at the suspect as she attempted the carjacking in the northbound lanes of I-25 near County Line Road, said Jim Sokolik, spokesperson for the Colorado Springs Police Department, at a briefing Monday afternoon.

No one was injured, and there was no danger to the public, CSP said earlier on Monday.

The incident began about 8:30 a.m. at a gas station near Promenade Parkway and Castle Rock Parkway, when an automatic license plate reader alerted police to a stolen car, according to the Castle Rock Police Department (CRPD).

Officers set up a perimeter and tried to detain the suspect, who backed the stolen car into a patrol car and drove over several medians and curbs to get away, CRPD said in a news release.

No officers were injured, and the patrol car sustained minor damage, police said.

Another CRPD officer deployed a tire deflation device as the stolen car got onto I-25, the release says.

Not long after, a trooper spotted the stolen car, which CSP described as Hyundai sedan, going south on I-25 near Monument and pinned the car to the median, Sokolik said.

A woman got out of the stolen car with a handgun, jumped over the median to the northbound lanes and tried to carjack another vehicle, according to CSP. The CSP trooper fired one round and did not hit the woman, Sokolik said.

After that, the woman was taken into custody, he said. Her name has not yet been released.

Traffic moved slow for a period of time during the incident on Monday.

"Obviously we don’t want to stop I-25 if we don’t have to," Sokolik said. "It’s a very busy highway. We have a lot of traffic here so it makes it much more difficult." 

The car was reported stolen out of Denver, according to CRPD.

The CSP trooper who fired their weapon was placed on administrative leave, Sokolik said.

Credit: Castle Rock Police Department
The incident on I-25 started at a 7-Eleven in Castle Rock on Monday morning, according to police.

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