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Deputies shoot, critically injure man in Park County after pursuit, CBI says

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation said the man was hiding after getting away during a pursuit earlier.

PARK COUNTY, Colo. — Park County sheriff's deputies shot and critically injured a man who had tried to elude them, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) claimed in a release Friday. 

Around 7:50 p.m. Thursday, Park County deputies tried to make a traffic stop on Highway 285 near Bailey when the driver of a Toyota Land Cruiser didn't stop and began driving at speeds over 100 miles per hour, the CBI said.

After a short pursuit, the release says deputies called off their chase out of concern for public safety.

Deputies later found the SUV in a ditch after searching Highway 285 near Grant. They learned that the driver of the vehicle and his female passenger were inside a home in the area, CBI claimed. They said they believed the suspect had told the people living there that their vehicle was stuck and they needed help. 

Deputies spoke with the residents of the home and went inside to search for the suspects, according to CBI, and they immediately arrested a woman. 

The driver was found hiding in the home and was shot by deputies after an altercation, CBI claimed. It's not clear what exactly happened in that altercation — CBI said it's still early in the investigation and that details about what led up to the shooting are not available. 

It's also not clear why deputies had tried to stop the suspect, a 45-year-old man, earlier or on what charges the woman was arrested. 

The suspect is in critical condition at a Denver hospital. 

No deputies were injured, according to CBI. They've been placed on paid administrative leave. 

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