It started as a reported menacing with a gun in Fort Lupton Sept. 16.
The initial incident ended with a collision between a train and a squad car in Platteville, and it continued Sept. 21 with a statement from Fort Lupton police that it will release body camera video, though it may take “several days” because of the amount of video involved.
The incident began shortly after 7:30 p.m. A Facebook post said a Platteville police officer found the suspect vehicle near U.S. Highway 85 and Weld County Road 36. Fort Lupton police went to assist. Officers were able to detain a female suspect and place her in the back of the Platteville police car. No one else was in the suspect's car. A northbound train then struck the squad car, seriously injuring the suspect.
Authorities have not released the names of anyone involved.
Reactions on the internet were many. On Facebook, Daryl Stone tried to piece the events together.
“So let me get this straight. The officers parked the cruiser on a live train track, then safely detained suspect and put the suspect in the cruiser parked on the tracks moments before train hits cruiser? This can’t be real life,” his post said. “This is a scene from an average action movie with corrupt cops, right? There is no way to make this story seem like it was not on purpose.”
“Were your officers texting when they put a woman in a car parked on the train tracks?” asked Grant Little on Facebook “Because I'm looking forward to hearing what braindead excuse you and the Platteville police departments come up with to explain why out of three officers from two agencies, not a single one of them was smart enough to choose not to leave an occupied car on a working rail line.”
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation. Police said that is standard when someone in custody sustains serious injuries. Because the original incident happened in Fort Lupton, that city’s police department is investigating the original menacing call. A Facebook post said detectives applied for an arrest warrant through the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.
Fort Lupton Police Chief John Fryar was out of the office Sept. 22 and not available for comment.