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Wanted fugitive arrested, suspected of firing shots at officers in Teller County

Chancey Colwell
Posted at 9:56 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 08:47:00-05

TELLER COUNTY — A man is facing several charges, including attempted murder of a police officer after authorities say he shot at police officers during a pursuit through Teller County.

The Teller County Sheriff’s Office was notified on Nov. 21that Fremont County Deputies were in pursuit of an armed fugitive with five felony warrants and that the pursuit was entering Teller County on Shelf Road in the area of Cripple Creek.

In a press release sent out, Commander Greg Couch with the Teller County Sheriff's Office said numerous deputies responded to assist. While deputies and officers with the Cripple Creek Police Department and Colorado Division of Gaming were able to prevent the fleeing suspect from entering a highly-populated area, the pursuit continued into the Town of Victor with the suspect firing several rounds toward pursuing deputies and officers.

Authorities said the suspect wrecked his car at Skaguay Reservoir and then ran on foot. At 1 p.m. the next day, a remote cabin was discovered with smoke coming from the inside. The suspect ran from the cabin and was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit. He had a loaded .45 caliber pistol in his waistband.

The suspect has been identified as 36-year-old Chancey Ray Colwell. He is currently being held on a $1 million bond at the Teller County jail.

Colwell is facing the following charges:

  • First Degree Attempted Murder of a Police Officer, three counts, a felony two
  • Assault in the First Degree, three counts, a felony three
  • First Degree Criminal Trespass, a felony five
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, a drug felony four
  • Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender, a felony five
  • Violation of a Protection Order, a misdemeanor two
  • Resisting Arrest, a misdemeanor two
  • Reckless Endangerment, a misdemeanor three
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a drug petty offense