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Wanted man sent to hospital after officer-involved shooting in Sterling

Douglas Sanchez, 54, was wanted on charges from another shooting that occurred six days earlier, no officers were injured.

STERLING, Colo. — A wanted man was involved in an officer-involved shooting with Sterling police after he was spotted at a convenience store on Tuesday night, according to an update from the Sterling Police Department (SPD).

Douglas Sanchez, 54 of Sterling, was wanted on charges related to a shooting on Sept. 30. 

Police were notified that Sanchez was spotted at the Eagle Convenience store in the 900 block of West Main Street. As police responded, they were told Sanchez left the convenience store in a car, and were provided a description of the vehicle and a license plate number.

The car was stopped by police in the 400 block of South 6th Avenue. Police said the male passenger, recognized as Sanchez by police, ran from the car into a nearby alley. 

Police pursued Sanchez when he turned and showed a weapon and he was shot by police, according to SPD.

No officers were injured in the shooting and police said Sanchez faces additional charges related to Tuesday's incident.

Sanchez was taken to the Sterling Medical Center and later flown to a Denver hospital. His condition is unknown. 

The officer involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave per the SPD's officer-involved shootings protocol.  

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