Boulder Home Invasion Suspect Killed After Chase-Filled Twelve Hours

The suspect in a Boulder County home invasion is dead.

He was killed by authorities approximately twelve hours after they started looking for him — a period that included not one but two separate chases.

At approximately 9:33 a.m. yesterday, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, 911 dispatch received a call about an armed robbery and assault that took place at a home on the 5200 block of Sunshine Canyon.

The area is hardly a typical suburban neighborhood, as can be seen in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."

Upon their arrival, deputies found a 45-year-old male who was suffering from what are termed non-life-threatening injuries.

He was treated at the scene before being transported to a local hospital, the BCSO notes.

In the meantime, the suspect in the robbery was seen driving a 2012 white Chevy Suburban.

Here's the image shared by the sheriff's office of an SUV like the one involved in the chase.

The pursuit continued onto Highway 128 near Interlocken.

As the Suburban neared Broomfield, however, the law enforcement agencies taking part in the pursuit — the BCSO, plus the Boulder Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol — temporarily brought the proceedings to a halt.

The reason: dangerous driving conditions.

Here's one look at the chase's aftermath from the air....

...and another:

That wasn't the end of the story, though.

Just shy of 10 p.m., Boulder Daily Camera reporter Alex Burgess tweeted the following:

The details about what happened thus far are sketchy. But the Daily Camera reports that at around 9 p.m., police in Longmont began following a Suburban that matched the description from the home invasion earlier in the day.

The location: I-25.

Shortly thereafter, another chase got underway, with as many as five police agencies eventually taking part. The Suburban is said to have struck at least one other vehicle, likely resulting in a flattened tire, before a gun battle erupted that killed the suspect. Two officers were involved in the gun play, the Camera reveals, and no law enforcers were hurt.

The identities of the suspect and the officers involved haven't been shared at this writing. But we know that a man is dead — and the last twelve hours of his life were extraordinarily eventful, not to mention fatal for him and dangerous for the community as a whole.

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