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CBI identifies stolen vehicle suspects involved in officer-involved shooting

Posted at 8:07 PM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-30 13:57:14-04

ALAMOSA COUNTY – The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) identified the names of two suspects involved in a fatal officer-involved shooting Saturday morning near Alamosa.

The Alamosa County Coroner identified the two people involved in the shooting as 26-year-old Nelson Billings and 37-year-old Jennifer Sharp. Both of the suspects were from Port Lavaca, Texas, but agents said they may have been living in Moffat, Colorado before their deaths.

The CBI said it all started when Saguache County deputies started pursuing a stolen vehicle from Moffat. The CBI said a woman in the passenger seat of the car fired a shotgun at deputies.

A Colorado State Patrol trooper deployed stop sticks along Colorado Highway 17 at the Highway 112 junction near the county line. According to the CBI, the vehicle stopped in the middle of the highway. That’s when the CBI said they both got out of the car and appeared to move toward another stopped vehicle.

That’s when a trooper shot and killed Sharp. The CBI said it still appears that Nelson shot and killed himself. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

That trooper was identified as Ramiro Contreras, who has worked with CSP since 2007. Contreras was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure. No troopers or deputies were hurt.

The CBI said it will hand off its findings of the investigation to the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for its review.