Conifer's Kelsey Hauser Killed by Cops in California After High-Speed Chase

Onetime Conifer resident Kelsey Hauser's Facebook page offers no hints in regard to her sad and violent end.

The gallery is filled with benign portraits that find the 25-year-old capturing the scenery around her Colorado home or Southern California, as well as shots in which she cuddles with puppies.

But this weekend, she was shot to death by a police officer in California after a high-speed chase in a stolen car — and now the vehicle's driver, Geoffrey Sims, is under arrest on suspicion of attempted murder.

Also killed in the incident: a dog that was riding in the car with Hauser.

On Facebook, Hauser describes herself as having previously studied at Conifer High School, Colorado State University and Community College of Denver.

She's also said to have worked as a bartender at Red Rocks from 2008 to 2013.

Here's one pic from her page....

...and a second with a canine companion:

Not mentioned on her timeline are the criminal charges filed against Hauser in Colorado.

According to KGTV in San Diego, she was wanted here on assorted drug possession charges dating back to 2013 for which she'd skipped numerous court dates.

Sims, meanwhile, had a past burglary bust in Jefferson County and was also wanted on drug-related matters.

As for the incidents that led to Hauser's death, they took place near the SoCal community of El Cajon.

At around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 16, KGTV reports, police tried to pull over a stolen red compact car.

The driver, Sims, is said to have stopped briefly before rabbiting.

What followed was a chase on Interstate 8 that reportedly reached speeds of ninety miles per hour.

The car ultimately exited the highway but wound up getting trapped in a cul de sac.

That's when Sims allegedly drove his car toward an officer, who opened fire, causing the car to crash into two police cruisers.

At least four bullets flew and a passenger, Hauser, was struck — another example of the risks connected with firing into a moving vehicle. Denver police have now discontinued the practice after high profile tragedies involving the likes of suspected car thief Jessie Hernandez last year.

Hauser was raced to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Two other men were in the car with Sims and Hauser. They were unharmed. Police later booked them on drug charges.

Sims, meanwhile, is in custody on suspicion of attempting to murder a police officer — presumably, the vehicle is being considered his weapon — and felony evading. And that's not to mention warrants in his name out of Colorado.

The warrants against Hauser are now a moot point. A spokesman for her parents told KGTV of their request for privacy as they grieve her loss.

Look below to see booking photos of Hauser and Sims, followed by the aforementioned KGTV piece.

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