Nearly a dozen police cars, including a SWAT vehicle, swarmed around a Quality Inn in Silverthorne for roughly six hours on Wednesday, believing they may have surrounded a suspect who had rammed a cop car and eluded capture the night before.
It turned out, however, that he wasn’t there. Police called off the operation at around 6 p.m. but say they are continuing to pursue the suspect, who is still at large and thought to be armed.
The Aurora Police Department contacted Silverthorne police around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night asking for help locating a wanted man they believed to be in the area, police chief John Minor said in an email Wednesday evening.
A Dillon police officer soon tried to stop a car matching the description of the suspect’s, but the driver rammed the police cruiser and sped away (the officer was uninjured).
Officers from virtually every law enforcement agency in the county descended upon the scene, digging in around the parking lot.
Silverthorne police briefly pursued him but he escaped and abandoned his car in Frisco. Authorities found his vehicle there at around 9 p.m. in the parking lot of an office complex off Main Street that was quickly swarmed by more than a dozen police.
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There, officers scoured the surrounding bushes with flashlights as curious patrons of a nearby bar and restaurant stepped into the red and blue light of flashing police cruisers.
They stood listening as a deputy with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office bellowed, “Suspect!” repeatedly into the night, hoping to beckon the man from the shadows before releasing a canine to sniff out and subdue him.
He was nowhere to be found.
Around 11:30 a.m….
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