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Suspect accused of shooting man during Greeley carjacking now in custody

Cole Graves smashed through a train crossing gate while fleeing in the stolen car, Greeley Police said.

GREELEY, Colo. — A Greeley man who was wanted for shooting another man and stealing his car is now in custody and facing charges including attempted murder.

Cole Graves,33, led police on a chase in Greeley on Monday, during which he barreled through a closed railroad crossing arm seconds before a train came through, according to the Greeley Police Department (GPD).

Officers were initially called to a home in the 2100 block of 5th Avenue just before 10 a.m. Monday, for a report of an incident involving a gun.

Two residents of the home reported that a neighbor, identified as Graves, was in one of their vehicles trying to steal it, police said.

One of them confronted Graves and told him he was going to call the police. At that point, according to GPD, Graves pulled out a gun and threatened the victim.

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A second victim exited the home and Graves also threatened him with a gun before walking away from the home, according to police. The residents then called 911.

A short time later, Graves was located and officers chased him on foot. During that chase, Graves encountered a man who was washing his car in the 2000 block alley between 5th and 6th Avenue, GPD said.

Graves shot the victim and stole his car, according to police. Officers located the victim with a gunshot wound to a lower extremity. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries but is expected to survive, police said.

Graves was spotted again in the stolen vehicle and officers began chasing him, GPD said. The pursuit ended when Graves broke through railroad crossing arms seconds before a train came through the intersection. Officers were unable to follow.

>Video below: Carjacking suspect smashes through railroad crossing during chase

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Detectives were granted an arrest warrant for Graves, and he was arrested at approximately 11 p.m. Monday by deputies from the Weld County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Weld County Jail on the following charges:

  • Attempted second-degree murder
  • First-degree assault
  • Aggravated robbery
  • Attempted aggravated robbery
  • First-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft
  • Felony menacing
  • Possession of a weapon by a previous offender
  • Criminal mischief
  • Vehicular eluding
  • Theft

Anyone with information should contact Detective Brunmeier at 970-351-5352.

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