A manhunt is underway for a 33-year fugitive who allegedly ran away from Larimer County sheriff’s deputies, commandeered a taxi and shot the driver, led police in a high-speed chase in the cab and crashed it and then eluded deputies a second time on foot.
A Fort Collins apartment building where fugitive Adam Keith Fulford had been hiding out was evacuated Thursday night after police found weapons and suspicious-looking devices that appeared to be bombs, according to a news report by Larimer County Sheriff’s spokesman David Moore.
The taxi driver, who has not been named, was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries after he jumped out of his taxi while it was still moving, the news release says.
The dramatic chase began at 6:50 p.m. Thursday, when Larimer County Sheriff’s Office investigators tried to arrest Fulford in the 800 block of East Drake Road in Fort Collins. Fulford was wanted on felony warrants for failure to appear on a drug case, firearms charges and providing false information to a pawnbroker.
Fulford bolted when he saw the investigators and managed to outrun deputies, according to the news release. Fort Collins police were called in and set up a perimeter. A police K9 was unable to follow his scent.
When investigators entered the apartment where Fulford was hiding they found suspicious devices. The Larimer County Regional Bomb Squad was called in and residents of the apartment building were evacuated.
About two hours later at around 8:30 p.m., police spotted a taxi as it left the perimeter area. They followed the cab westbound toward College Avenue. The taxi turned south on College and ran a red light. The taxi went west on U.S. 34 in Loveland, north on North County Road 27 and east on West County Road 38E.
At about 8:34 p.m., the taxi driver leaped out of his car at Horsetooth Mountain Park while the car was still moving, the news release says. He had been shot in an extremity.
Fulford climbed into the driver’s seat and drove away.
Some of the investigators stopped to help the driver, while others followed the taxi, the news release says.
Deputies set spike strips in front of the tax on West County Road 38E west of Centennial Drive. The suspect ran over the spikes and crashed the taxi at about 8:38 p.m. He took off running again, according to the news release.
Authorities have set up a second perimeter by blocking several roads around Horsetooth Reservoir. Emergency notices were sent to 1,100 homes warning people that an armed suspect was on the loose, according to the news release.
The search at Horsetooth Reservoir was suspended at 2:42 a.m. after exhausting investigative leads. Sheriff’s investigators will resume their hunt for Fulford until he is arrested, the news release says.