Officials with the Highway Patrol said a traffic stop Monday night ended in a fatal shooting. Click to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone talk to Sergeant Sheldon Lyon:
According to officials, a trooper stopped a vehicle on I-29 at the 91 mile-marker near Craig just after 8:00 p.m. “During the traffic stop, the trooper struggled with the person he had stopped and, during that fight, the trooper fatally shot the driver,”said Lyon.
As of Monday morning, neither the identity of the individual or the officer has been released. “At this time, we’re not putting out any additional information just due to the newness of the investigation,”said Lyon,” Hopefully more information on this incident will be forthcoming. Policy is that whenever a trooper is involved in this type of situation, that he is placed on administrative leave. It’s a paid leave pending the investigation.”
The investigation has been turned over to the Highway Patrol’s Division of Drugs and Crime Control.
Updated Press Release as of 11:30 a.m.:
On January 28, 2013, at approximately 8:16 p.m., a trooper working Interstate 29 at the 91-mile marker stopped a southbound 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe for speed. After contacting the male driver, the trooper suspected the driver was intoxicated and placed him under arrest for driving while intoxicated. The driver then tried to get back into the Tahoe and drive away. The trooper deployed his OC aerosol in an attempt to gain control of the suspect. The suspect continued resisting and a struggle ensued, at which time the trooper fired his weapon and fatally wounded the suspect.
The identity of the suspect is unknown at this time. Troopers from the Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control continue to investigate.