Sheriff’s Office Investigates Attempted Carjacking on Rampart Range Road
On July 2, 2018, at approximately 12:20 pm, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a Motor Vehicle Theft in Progress in the 9000 block of Rampart Range Road.
The victim reported they were traveling on Rampart Range Road when they were flagged down by a white male approximately 20-30 years of age, standing next to a blue Mazda station wagon with a blown rear tire. The victim sped away from the scene when they observed the suspect was in possession of a firearm.
The suspect then re-entered his vehicle and proceeded to drive northbound on Rampart Range Road. While driving on Rampart Range Road, the suspect encountered two other victims who he menaced with a weapon. According to second victim, the suspect shot in their direction. The third victim stated the suspect pulled the trigger on the firearm but it did not discharge.
The suspect continued driving and shooting at passing vehicles. He ultimately stopped near Devils Head Campground and approached an unsuspecting camper with a rifle. A confrontation ensued when the suspect pointed the rifle at the camper and the camper returned fire.
Douglas County Sheriff's deputies and medical personal responded to the scene. The suspect, whose identity is not being released at this time, was transported to a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. He is currently in stable condition.
The suspect will face charges out of Douglas County and El Paso County. The charges out of El Paso County will likely include Felony Menacing and Reckless Endangerment. This is an ongoing investigation and information will be released as the investigation allows.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Manitou Springs Police Department, Palmer Lake Police Department and Green Mountain Falls Marshal’s Office for their assistance.