Two Littleton officers sustain minor injuries in car-chase incident

Suspect eludes police on foot after vehicle gives out

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Littleton police are seeking a suspect who fled after a car chase through downtown Littleton, in an incident that left two officers injured early Tuesday morning. 

At 3:33 a.m., Littleton police responded to an attempted-theft call at Carmax in the 5800 block of South Broadway. Officers were told that video surveillance showed two people trying to steal lockboxes off vehicles that contained keys for the cars.

When officers arrived at 3:38 p.m., the suspects tried to hide between the cars, police said. A female suspect, who was identified as 24-year-old Asianna Buck Elk Thunder, was detained on the scene, according to police. 

Police say a male suspect got into a Kia Optima, which was later determined to be stolen out of Denver, and drove off the Carmax lot. The Kia then struck an officer in a patrol car on Orchard Road just east of Broadway causing his airbag to go off according to Littleton Police Department spokesperson Sheera Poelman.

Other officers at the scene then saw the Kia traveling westbound on West Littleton Boulevard. Poelman said department protocol is usually to not pursue but, given the unknown status of the officer who was struck in his car, officers decided to chase the suspect in their vehicles. 

The chase led to one officer losing control of his vehicle and colliding with a concrete wall by the Melting Pot at the end on W. Main St., which Poelman said also led to "very minor injuries." 

Once the officer who was struck on Orchard was determined to be in a stable condition, the chase was called off at 3:45 p.m.

The car the suspect was driving continued through the area and struck a curb-line at the intersection of South Santa Fe Drive and West Main Street. The car, having been in two significant crashes, was no longer operational and the suspect fled the scene on foot, police said. 

Both injured officers were admitted to a local hospital that day, Poleman said, but have since been released. 

The suspect who had been detained on scene, Buck Elk Thunder, was jailed on a previous felony warrant in an aggravated motor vehicle theft case, and was cited on suspicion of false reporting of identifying information to law enforcement authorities, obstructing a peace officer, and criminal trespassing.

The Littleton Police Department traffic unit, patrol division, and investigations division are completing a thorough investigation into all portions of the event. LPD is asking anyone with information about this event to call 303-794-1551 and speak to the lead investigator, Detective Adam Alderson.

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