Carjacking suspect shot by camper at Devil's Head in Douglas County

The man is in stable condition and will face charges in El Paso and Douglas counties

Posted 7/3/18

A carjacking suspect authorities say was shot multiple times in a confrontation with a person camping at Devil's Head is in stable condition and will face charges in two counties for stealing a …

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Carjacking suspect shot by camper at Devil's Head in Douglas County

The man is in stable condition and will face charges in El Paso and Douglas counties

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A carjacking suspect authorities say was shot multiple times in a confrontation with a person camping at Devil's Head is in stable condition and will face charges in two counties for stealing a vehicle and shooting at random citizens before being detained.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is not identifying the 29-year-old male suspect at this time. Charges have yet to be determined but could include attempted murder and felony menacing.

The incident began at 2:09 p.m. July 2 when the suspect carjacked a vehicle in El Paso County and escaped to the Pike National Forest, allegedly shooting at passing vehicles along the way, according to a sheriff's office news release.

The suspect then stopped at a Devil's Head campground and approached a camper at the site. The male camper was also armed and shot at the suspect, who had pointed a rifle at them.

The Manitou Springs Police Department arrived first to the scene, followed by Douglas County deputies. Authorities called for medical assistance to treat the suspect.

He was ultimately airlifted to an area hospital, a Douglas County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said.

Only the suspect was injured in the incident. He will likely be booked in the Douglas County jail but will remain in the hospital for an undetermined length of time following surgery.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has asked the public to avoid all Devil's Head campsites for 48 hours while the crime scene is being processed.

Douglas County will lead an investigation into the Devil's Head shooting, and El Paso County will run a separate investigation into the carjacking, the spokeswoman said.

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