GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A Colorado state trooper was reportedly shot and injured this morning near mile marker 129 on Interstate 70 at the eastern edge of the Glenwood Canyon.
According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred about 9:10 a.m. during a routine traffic stop. The trooper, whose name was not released, was transported to the Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, while a suspect is reported to be dead at the scene, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.
I-70 eastbound has since been re-opened, while the westbound lanes were closed at mile marker 130 and were to remain closed indefinitely, officials said.
The Colorado Department of Transportation is urging westbound motorists to use State Highway 131 to Highway 13 or State Highway 9 out of Silverthorne as an alternate route in the meantime. I-70 westbound through the canyon could be closed for up to six hours, the department said.
Motorists headed toward the Delta, Montrose and Telluride areas should consider taking Highway 91 or U.S. Routes 24 or 285 to U.S. 50., CDOT said in a news release.
Officers from several law enforcement agencies as well as an Investigator from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office are on the scene of the shooting incident.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.