LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — A man was shot after leading Larimer County Sheriff's deputies on a pursuit Monday afternoon, according to the sheriff's office. The pursuit began in the town of Wellington and ended nearly 10 miles away on Interstate 25 near Mulberry Street, according to the sheriff's office.
The investigation into the shooting forced the closure of the southbound lanes of I-25 at Mountain Vista Drive, the sheriff's office said. The interstate reopened around 8:30 p.m. Monday.
The incident began just after 2 p.m. after deputies were called to a suspicious man at the Family Dollar store located on 6th Street near Roosevelt Avenue in Wellington, according to a release from the sheriff's office.
When deputies arrived, the man sped off in a pickup truck and the pursuit was initiated, the release states. The pursuit went south on I-25 and ended near Mulberry Street just outside the Fort Collins city limits, deputies said.
According to a release from the 8th Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), one deputy fired their weapon and hit the man, identified as 35-year-old Dustin Bartles. He was taken to the hospital and was released two days later.
The CIRT release said he was jailed and faces several charges including first degree assault, attempted manslaughter and felony menacing.
The release said anyone who witnessed the pursuit, particularly on Mountain Vista Drive or where the chase ended at Mulberry Street and I-25, is asked to contact investigators at email@example.com or 970-416-2825.
CIRT detectives are still investigating the incident, according to the release.
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