SAN JUAN COUNTY – The Undersheriff in San Juan County is recovering in the hospital after being shot in the face.
News 5 has learned that Undersheriff Steve Lowrance was struck in the cheek by the bullet fired by a female driver who took her own life.
The woman is identified by a local publication as Amanda Maes of Colorado Springs.
Lowrance was reportedly trying to stop Maes from shooting herself.
Just before the shooting, Lowrance and several other deputies stopped Maes on Highway 550 after a high-speed chase that started in La Plata County.
Two passengers in the vehicle were taken into custody on drug charges.
Undersheriff Lowrance is expected to make a full recovery.