NARRATIVE: DOUGLAS COUNTY, CO – At approximately 2:09 p.m., on July 2nd, 2018, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a carjacking that had taken place in El Paso County. The suspect, a 29-year-old male, drove the stolen vehicle into the Pike National Forest shooting at passing vehicles. He ultimately stopped the vehicle at a Devil’s Head Campground and approached an unsuspecting camper with a rifle which began a confrontation.
As the confrontation ensued the rifle was pointed at the camper/victim and the camper returned fire.
The Manitou Springs Police Department who had been monitoring the call arrived on scene to provide assistance until Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrived.
When deputies arrived on scene medical was immediately requested to treat the suspect and take him to an area hospital. The suspect, whose identity we will not be releasing at this time, sustained multiple gunshot wounds and is considered in stable condition.
No other citizens were injured in this incident.
The suspect will face charges out of Douglas County and will also have charges out of El Paso County. Douglas County charges will be determined after consulting with the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office but likely will include attempted murder and felony menacing.
Due to the complexity of the crime scene all campsites from Devil’s Head and south will be closed for at least the next 48 hours. Please avoid the area as there is no way for through traffic from Douglas County to El Paso County.