A man wanted on two felony warrants was killed when Larimer County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to arrest him Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s office.

The man was apparently shot to death, but it was not immediately clear from the limited information released by the sheriff’s office whether he died by suicide or was killed by a deputy.

The incident began around 4:46 p.m. at a home in the 3900 block of Chinook Lane in Larimer County when deputies began to watch the home, looking for the suspect. Someone in a vehicle left the house around 8:12 p.m., but fled when the deputies attempted a traffic stop.

The deputies pursued the vehicle for about five minutes — headed west into Fort Collins —  then stopped the chase. The deputies then returned to the home they’d been watching and discovered the vehicle had returned there, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

At about 9 p.m., the man and a woman left the house and drove away, with the woman behind the wheel and the man in the backseat. Deputies again tried to stop the vehicle, this time on Mariah Lane.

The woman stopped and got out. The man stayed inside and held a gun, the sheriff’s office said in the release. He refused to get out of the car. Then, “a shot was fired from inside the vehicle and one deputy fired into the vehicle,” according to the sheriff’s office.

After the gunfire, deputies called in a special response team and tried to use a drone to see inside the vehicle. Eventually, the man was pulled from the vehicle, taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

The sheriff’s office did not immediately return a request for more information Thursday.

The man was not named in the office’s statement.

 

 

 

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