Manhunt Underway for Assault Suspect in Lamar

Police Invesitgating Incident at Tank and Tummy in Lamar

Police Invesitgating Incident at Tank and Tummy in Lamar

A manhunt that began Wednesday night in Lamar continues today as local law officials continue their search for the suspect. 

Police Car Blocking Traffic at Site

Police Car Blocking Traffic at Site

A press release is expected later today from the Lamar Police Department, but unofficial reports indicate an altercation occurred between a Lamar Police Officer and the suspect at the Tank and Tummy at 1407 South Main last night.  The officer, who has not been named, was injured when he was allegedly struck by an object wielded by the suspect and was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Prowers Medical Center.  The Tank and Tummy manager said his clerk on duty last night provided information for the police during their investigation. 

Conducting a Search for Evidence

Conducting a Search for Evidence

Local police and the K9 unit, the Prowers County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol canvassed sections of southwest Lamar near the high school through the evening.  Officers were on foot, searching along South 9th Street for a period of time, checking on vacant houses and in those backyards with their flashlights. 

The manager of the Tank and Tummy said Thursday morning, January 9, that his store had installed surveillance cameras about six months ago and the store owner is expected to provide law authorities with the video from the night before.  The suspect, according to the manager, did not attempt to rob the business, but was at the gas pumps when the police officer arrived at the scene.

By Russ Baldwin


On January 8, 2014 at approximately 8:15 P.M. an officer from the Lamar Police Department contacted a vehicle in the 1400 block of South Main Street.  The officer attempted to arrest the driver.  The driver resisted and assaulted the officer.  Shots were fired by the officer during the encounter.  No one was injured due to gun fire.  The suspect fled the scene and eluded capture.  The officer was transported to Prowers Medical Center where he was released after receiving treatment for his injuries.

The name of the officer involved and the name of the suspect are not being released at this time.  Further details will be released after the investigation has concluded.

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