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Police shooting in Avon at Walgreens parking lot; one man hospitalized

Staff reports
Vail Daily
One man is in the hospital after a traffic stop ended in a police shooting in the Avon Walgreens parking lot.
Ross Leonhart / Vail Daily

One man is in the hospital after a traffic stop Thursday night ended in a police shooting in a drugstore parking lot.

A Colorado State Patrol trooper pulled over an eastbound U-Haul truck for a traffic violation around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The U-Haul driver pulled off Interstate 70 and into the Walgreens’ parking lot just off the eastbound Avon exit, according to Preston Neill, Avon’s deputy town manager and public information officer.

During the stop, the passenger in the U-Haul was shot, Neill said. The unidentified passenger was transported to Vail Health with a gunshot wound. His condition was unknown as of 10 p.m.

The Colorado State Patrol trooper was not injured, Neill said.

Avon Police and the Colorado State Patrol closed Avon Road at 8:44 p.m.
Four minutes later, an alert went out that there was police activity at Walgreens in Avon, and advised people to avoid the area. Motorists getting off at the Avon exit were sent back to the next exit east.

The shooting is being investigated by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies.  No additional information is being released at this time as this is an ongoing investigation.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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