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Wheat Ridge police investigate after truck driver was shot on I-70 in possible road rage incident

Wheat Ridge Police was investigating an altercation on Interstate 70 near the Ward Road exit that left a truck driver shot early Sunday morning.

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo — The Wheat Ridge Police Department (WRPD) is investigating a possible road rage incident in which a driver was shot on Interstate 70 early Sunday morning.

Police said the incident occurred around 8:10 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-70 near the Ward Road exit.

In an update Tuesday morning, police said they are looking for a black pick up truck involved in the incident. 

According to police, the victim said that around 8:10 a.m. Sunday, a black pickup truck drove dangerously alongside the semi truck and eventually in front of them. 

Police said at some point, the pick up truck pulled alongside the semi's passenger side and that driver fired a shot that struck the victim. According to police, the victim said the suspect then exited on Ward Road. 

The far two right lanes of westbound I-70 were closed at Ward, as well as the Ward exit ramp for the police investigation. All lanes have now been reopened. 

WRPD said the truck driver was expected to survive.

Police are asking that anyone who might have witnessed the incident or have seen this black pickup truck to contact Jeffcom at 303-980-7300 or reach out directly to Detective Paugh at jpaugh@ci.wheatridge.co.us.

This is a developing story and more updates will be added as they are received.  

Credit: Wheat Ridge Police



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