October 14, 2012
Police say they planned a Saturday night crash that ended a cross town chase in a bid to stop gunman who was firing shots from a stolen pickup.
Police called the crash a “tactical vehicle intervention” at the 600 block of North Circle Drive. The incident left an unidentified officer and the man in the truck, identified as Carl Lee Greigo, 33, with what police described as minor injuries. Greigo is now in custody on suspicion of attempting to murder a police officer.
The incident started with an 8:20 p.m. report of a carjacking in central Colorado Springs. A man told officers that a gunman approached him from behind and took possession of his 2008 Nissan Titan pickup.
Police spotted the truck off Fillmore drive about 40 minutes later and the chase was on.
“The officers attempted to stop the vehicle and the driver refused to stop,” police said in a news release. “The driver then fired several rounds from a handgun from the vehicle.”
Police haven’t said how many shots were fired or what was hit.
The chased ended near the intersection of Circle Drive and Platte Avenue with a wreck that left the Nissan and a police cruiser smashed.
Greigo was captured and taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of his injuries. An officer was also taken away by ambulance.
They were each treated for their injuries and later released from Memorial Hospital downtown.
Greigo went from the hospital to the El Paso County jail, where he was being booked on investigation of attempted murder and aggravated robbery.
Using a police car to stop a fleeing vehicle isn’t uncommon. Some departments across the country have cars that are specially equipped with reinforced bumpers for the job.
In the Circle Drive crash, witnesses said police had moved to block the Nissan in before the truck smashed into a cruiser.
But using a police car to stop a suspect is considered in the police world to be similar to using a gun.
An investigation by police and the 4th Judicial District kicked off Saturday night to determine whether the car crash was justified.