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Suicide notes found at scene of officer-involved shooting

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Robert Lee Fay arrested following chase in Fremont County. Robert Lee Fay arrested following chase in Fremont County.
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An investigation into the man involved in Sunday's officer-involved shooting in Fremont County has revealed he wrote suicide notes before allegedly setting his father's RV on fire and ramming a police cruiser, according to an arrest affidavit.

34-year old Robert Lee Fay was arrested after being involved in the series of incidents along Highway 50. 

Fremont County deputies received calls of an RV engulfed in flames at Big Horn RV Park in Coaldale. Firefighters reported upon arrival the discovery of a motor home, truck and trailer fully engulfed in flames, with multiple explosions coming from a propane tank.

Witnesses told a detective they saw a work truck leaving the RV park at the same time they noticed a small fire in the camper that soon engulfed the entire vehicle.

An investigator determined the fire was suspicious and identified Robert Fay as a person of interest. His father was listed as the owner of the camper. 

Shortly after dealing with the fire, authorities tracked down the a stolen truck matching the description of the one seen leaving the RV park.

Fay was reportedly found along Highway 50 at the top of 8 Mile Hill, just west of Canon City. According to the arrest report, the 2013 Silverado "blew" past a deputy at speeds around 90 miles per hour. 

Deputy Stephen Jones reports he pulled off the north shoulder of the westbound lane of Highway 50 as the truck approached his location. Once the truck came into view, Jones states he turned on his emergency lights and entered the highway. At the same time, Sheriff's Office Sgt. Richards came up behind the truck with emergency lights on. 

Sgt. Richards followed the truck for 100-200 yards, before the driver veered off the shoulder and made an abrupt turn. The Silverado swerved before making impact with Richard's vehicle.

Deputy Jones reported he was able to get behind the truck and saw the driver extended his arm out of the window as if motioning Jones to follow or pull up alongside. There was another Sheriff's vehicle up ahead parked diagonally across the westbound lanes of the highway.

According to Jones, the driver of the Silverado did not try to stop or avoid colliding with the Sheriff's vehicle, rather the driver increased speed.

As the Silverado approached the parked vehicle, Sgt. Miller of the Fremont County Sheriff's Office fired his rifle three times toward the driver. The Silverado crashed into the police vehicle hard enough to spin it around.

Deputies report Robert Fay refused to show his hands, and was taken out from behind the wheel of the Silverado by force. He only had cuts to his forehead as none of the rounds fired hit him. He was treated on scene and at the hospital before being moved the county jail.

Investigators say they found suicide notes and an impaired admission of setting the fire near some rocks at the RV park. According to the affidavit, one of the pages of suicide notes read, "I only have one match I Bobby Fay only wish this was your dream home.." Some of the notes were signed, and after comparing signatures to Fay's license detectives were able to determine the signatures were similar.

Fay is facing multiple charges including First Degree Arson, Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, Second Degree Assault on a Peace Officer, Menacing and Reckless Endangerment. 

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