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Police involved in shooting on Colo. interstate

The Associated Press

Public defenders representing James Holmes arrive for a hearing for Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes at district court in Centennial, Colo., on Friday Jan. 31, 2014. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 at a Denver-area movie theater in July 2012. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, Pool)

GEORGETOWN — A shooting involving police and a motorist backed up heavy weekend ski traffic on westbound Interstate 70 Friday evening.

The Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office issued a statement saying one of its deputies shot a male motorist who was fleeing from police.

The name and condition of the motorist was not immediately released.

The incident closed westbound I-70 for about six hours.

The sheriff's statement said police tried to stop the motorist for a possible drunken-driving violation Friday afternoon but he led police on a low-speed chase through heavy traffic.

When traffic on the interstate came to a halt, authorities say the motorist repeatedly rammed the car in front of him. A deputy then shot the motorist.

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The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is investigating.

No other details were released.

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