Deputy injured after confronting suspected car thief; suspect shot

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By AJ Vicens

A Jeffco sheriff’s investigator who confronted a suspected car thief Aug. 19 was dragged down Santa Fe Drive by the stolen vehicle and suffered serious injuries.

When Investigator Art Peterson, 52, approached the stolen truck, the female driver sped away, dragging him down the street. Peterson then shot the driver at least once; she was being treated at Denver Health Medical Center.

Peterson was in serious condition at Swedish Medical Center but had made improvements since the accident, according to Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires.

Peterson is a member of the Jefferson County Regional Auto Theft Task Force. The team had located the stolen pickup truck through an electronic tracking device.

Peterson, a 32-year veteran of the Jeffco sheriff’s office, was assigned to the task force in July.

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