Officer-involved shooting in Douglas County leaves suspect in critical condition

Update below: Thus far, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office is sharing only the barest details about a Saturday afternoon shooting on Bayou Gulch Road, other than the fact that both a deputy (originally called about trouble at the Stagecoach in Franktown) and the suspect were shot in an exchange of gunfire. The thus-far-unidentified suspect was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, while the deputy was treated and released. Look below to read the DCSO release:

Douglas County Deputy Involved Shooting

A Douglas County Deputy received a gunshot wound while investigating a Felony Menacing incident with a gun. At approximately 2:00 a.m. Douglas County Sheriff's Office Deputies were dispatched to the Stagecoach (in the 2000 block of North State Highway 83, Franktown Colorado), in reference to a Felony Menacing incident with a gun.

A Deputy saw the suspect car in the area of Bayou Gulch Road and Hwy 83 and contacted the suspect at the same location. Once the suspect vehicle stopped, a Douglas County Sheriff's Office Deputy received a gun shot wound from the suspect. The Deputy shot the suspect and the suspect is in critical condition and was taken to a metro area hospital. The Deputy was taken to a metro area hospital and has been released.

The investigation into the facts surrounding the officer involved shooting is being conducted by the 18th Judicial District Critical Response Team, which is standard practice in all officer involved critical incidents. No other details into the shooting are expected until their investigation is concluded. The deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave, also standard practice, until the investigation is complete. Formal filing of appropriate criminal charges against the suspect is expected after the completion of the criminal investigation.

Bayou Gulch Road from Hwy 83 to the east Ponderosa High School entrance [was] closed (Ponderosa High School property was not involved in this incident).

Note: The original version of this post incorrectly stated that the shooting in question took place at the Stagecoach. We regret the error.

Update, August 10: The civilian shooter in this incident has been identified. Get the latest in this post: "Richard Anderson Identified as Gunman in Officer-Involved Shooting in Douglas County."

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