Car theft suspect shot by deputy after east Centennial incident

Deputies shot one suspect, arrested others, near Parker and Arapahoe roads


A sheriff's deputy shot a car-theft suspect in an incident that saw two reportedly stolen vehicles, three other suspects under arrest and one suspect that fled the scene and was later located, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office.

A deputy approached the driver of what appeared to be a stalled truck near South Parker Road and East Fremont Avenue in the east Centennial area at about 3:20 p.m. Jan. 22, according to a sheriff's office news release.

Because the truck had been reported stolen from Denver, one suspect at the scene was arrested on suspicion of auto theft and unrelated warrants, and another also was arrested for unrelated warrants, the release said.

At the time, deputies were told that a second stolen truck would arrive in the area, the release said. It pulled into a parking space at 16363 E. Fremont Ave., an apartment complex south of the Cornerstar shopping development.

Deputies blocked the truck in and tried to detain three people in it, but the truck began ramming nearby cars as deputies approached, the release said. When a deputy became pinned between the truck and a car, another deputy fired shots at the driver, hitting him multiple times. Deputies took him and a female passenger into custody, and a third, male suspect fled the scene.

The injured deputy was treated at an area hospital and released, and the suspect who was shot was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the release said.

A reverse 911 call went out after 8 p.m. warning residents to shelter in place during a search for the suspect who fled, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies suspended the search for the suspect, and lifted the shelter-in-place status, as of 10:14 p.m. Jan. 22, according to the sheriff's office on Twitter. Authorities believed the suspect was no longer in the area, according to the office.

That suspect was later located, spoke to deputies and is not facing criminal charges, according to Ginger Delgado, sheriff's office spokeswoman.

The sheriff's office initially tweeted that when deputies confronted the three, the suspects fired and deputies shot back, hitting one suspect. In a later tweet, the office said suspects did not shoot at deputies. Delgado confirmed that the suspects did not shoot and that the first tweet was misinformation.

One of the suspects arrested at the scene of the first stolen truck is Jorge Armando Jaimez-Baez, 22, charged with first-degree aggravated auto theft on $2500 bond. Jaimez-Baez had two warrants out of Denver regarding "dangerous drugs" and a traffic violation, according to the Arapahoe sheriff's office.

The second suspect arrested there is Alexis Michelle Ruder-Iturrio, 24, who had a warrant out of Adams County for possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a financial device, on $2500 bond.

The driver of the second stolen truck who was shot by deputies is Diego Castorena Gallegos, 22, charged with various counts regarding assaulting an officer, along with vehicular eluding and first-degree aggravated auto theft. His bond is $500,000, according to the sheriff's office.

The second suspect arrested from the second truck is Amalia Alma Castro, 19, who had warrants out of Adams County, Broomfield, Aurora and Denver for various alleged crimes including auto theft.

The deputy who shot the driver has been placed on administrative leave, which is a standard procedure for the sheriff’s office regarding officer-involved shootings, the release said.

The 18th Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team will investigate the use of force by the deputy and present its findings to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office, according to the release. The district includes Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties.

Those with any information about the case are asked to call the sheriff's office's investigative tip line at 720-874-8477.


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