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Authorities arrest suspect wanted in connection to crash that injured officer

Posted at 4:33 AM, Jan 10, 2019
Elijah Simon Gurule
Photo of Elijah Gurule (courtesy of Pueblo Police)

PUEBLO – Police said they’ve arrested a motor vehicle suspect involved in the incident that left a Pueblo Police officer injured Wednesday afternoon.

Officers said Simon “Elijah” Gurule Jr. was arrested in Pueblo West overnight.

He was the last suspect wanted following an officer-involved shooting and the pursuit of a stolen vehicle in an alley in the 1100 block of W. 13th Street.

Pueblo Police said an officer spotted two stolen cars in the alley – a Subaru and a Volkswagen sedan. When he tried to apprehend the suspect, that’s when police say the Subaru hit him.

Another officer at the scene fired a shot at the driver, who was hit. That person was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover.  Both cars drove away from the scene. Police eventually chased and arrested the three suspects in the Subaru around 9th and Norwood. However, Gurule, who was the driver of the Volkswagen, got away for several hours before being arrested in Pueblo West.

Gurule was wanted on suspicion of multiple charges, including motor vehicle theft.

The officer was released from the hospital Wednesday with soreness to his leg.

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation into the incident as well as the officer-involved shooting.