One in custody, search continues following pursuit


Staff Writer

At about 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, one male suspect was apprehended following a search that began Thursday evening in western Archuleta County.

The suspect was found near the area where the search began with the help of a helicopter from the San Juan County, N.M. Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect subsequently received medical attention.

Authorities are continuing the search for an additional suspect.

The search began Thursday evening, Jan. 2, following a vehicular pursuit.

According to Capt. Adrian Driscoll of the Colorado State Patrol, troopers initiated a pursuit on a vehicle with a trailer at approximately 5:26 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, in the area of Forest Service Road 620 (First Notch Road).

The pursuit was terminated 15 to 20 minutes later, Driscoll said, at the intersection of Forest Service roads 620 and 133 (Beaver Circle).

After the pursuit was terminated, Driscoll said gun shots were heard, but it is currently unclear if the shots were fired at law enforcement, were caused by the trailer the vehicle was hauling being lit on fire, or were for another reason.

A tactical team from La Plata County and air support from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office were called in, and authorities were on the scene until about 1 a.m., Driscoll explained.

The sole residence in the area was secured and the residents are safe, Driscoll noted.

For more information, stay tuned to and see next Thursday’s issue of The SUN.