The manhunt for a wanted criminal begins after a search for an abandoned camper in Silverthorne on Friday morning
Officers closed part of Colorado Highway 9 and Interstate 70 Exit 205 Friday as they fired weapons at a vehicle believed to belong to a wanted felon. Police suspected the individual was armed and inside the vehicle, according to Silverthorne Police Department spokesperson Kim Jardim.
Around 8 a.m., armed and armored officers from the Colorado State Patrol, Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Frisco Police Department and Silverthorne Police Department gathered at the scene. Police positioned themselves to face a white van with a rear wheel drive trailer and cargo trailer attached. The vehicle was parked in front of the Appliance Factory store.
Jardim said he identified the vehicle as belonging to an individual with a felony warrant. Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said the vehicle was linked to a domestic abuse suspect wanted outside of Idaho.
The road was opened around 11.30am after police learned the vehicle and trailer were empty. FitzSimons said police are looking for the suspect.
During the event, uniformed officers searched several businesses in the area.
Kaydee Johnson of Plain Jane’s Liquor said a group of police searched her store to make sure no one was inside. She said officers didn’t say who they were looking for.
Lake Dillon Theater Co. brought its day campers inside, staff member Chris Alleman said. Staff did so after learning that armed officers and SWAT teams were positioned a few blocks away, he said.
While some business owners reported disruptions to their operations, most said they were satisfied with how law enforcement handled the situation.
“I’m glad law enforcement did their due diligence,” said Ranay Janaes, owner of Enza’s Delicatessen in Silverthorne. “Prevention is better than cure in my opinion.”