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Two pursuits in 12 hours end in PIT manuever

By Jaclyn Rostie, Reporter, j.rostie@krdo.com
Published On: Jun 25 2013 06:40:06 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 25 2013 07:22:13 PM CDT

First went as planned, second had a mishap

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

In a matter of 12 hours, two pursuits involving wanted men were stopped using the PIT maneuver.  This tactic is used by law enforcement to cause a fleeing vehicle to spin out and can be risky.

While the first on Monday went as planned, the second on Tuesday had a mishap.

Capt. David Lucero, Pueblo County Sheriff's Office, said, "That deputy did perform the PIT maneuver, however it wasn't successful.   The vehicle ended up over-correcting, striking the wall, driving up against the wall."

Pueblo County sheriff's deputies were pursuing two people they believed were involved in a home invasion in Pueblo on Monday.  When the vehicle crashed, stolen goods and weapons scattered across I-25.

Deputies say two, possibly three invaders ransacked a home gun collection, set their car on fire and took off in the victim's car.  Law enforcement chased them down I-25 until they pulled the PIT maneuver.  The two suspects are in a local hospital.

The other chase followed a double murder investigation in Peyton.  El Paso County sheriff's deputies chased a man across two counties before pulling a PIT maneuver.

The man inside ended up taking his own life.

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