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Thornton PD looking for armed suspect after pursuit, police shooting

Thornton Police lifted the shelter-in-place for the area of Colorado Boulevard and East 115th Avenue after the incident Friday morning.

THORNTON, Colo. — The Thornton Police Department (TPD) has identified a man accused of going on a "vast crime spree" at several locations across the city as Raymond Quintana, 36, calling him armed and dangerous.

During the pursuit Friday morning, police said Quintana pointed a gun at two officers, who then fired shots at him. According to TPD, it is unknown whether the suspect fired at the officers or was hit by the gunfire.

Police described Quintana as 5 feet 11 inches tall, 175 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. They said he has multiple tattoos, including the letter "Q" on the back of his neck. 

On Sunday morning, TPD said Quintana was not yet in custody and was believed to be injured.

Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911 or the TPD tip line at 720-977-5069 and not approach him, police said.

Credit: Thornton Police Department
Raymond Quintana

Officers were first called at 8:27 a.m. Friday to a report of a possible burglary and felony menacing at an apartment complex in the area of 9700 Welby Road. A witness pointed out Quintana to the officers, TPD said.

Quintana pointed a gun at the officers, got into a vehicle that police believe belonged to him, and drove away, police said.

TPD said officers pursued the vehicle, which crashed into a fence near Colorado Boulevard and 115th Avenue. Officers attempted to take Quintana into custody. That was when he pointed a gun and officers fired at him, police said.

Quintana ran into the neighborhood, according to police. At one point, he ran through a house, entering through the back door and exiting through the front door, TPD said. He stole a gold Jeep Grand Cherokee, which police later recovered in the 10300 block of Tenby Lane, police said.

TPD issued a shelter-in-place order for the neighborhood, which has since been lifted. Two elementary schools nearby were placed on secure status, meaning no one was allowed inside or outside the building.

The secure status at the two schools was lifted, but Explore Elementary was placed on alert again more than an hour later out of an abundance of caution, TPD said.

Colorado Boulevard was closed in both directions between East 112th Avenue and East 115th Avenue, TPD said.

The Adams County Critical Incident Team will investigate the officer-involved shooting, and the two officers involved will be placed on administrative leave, TPD said.

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