At approximately 11:25 am, a Cortez Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop on South Broadway. Shots were fired at the officer who was subsequently injured.
The suspects fled in their vehicle and were quickly located in the 7500 block of Hwy 160-491. Additional shots were exchanged between the suspects and officers at the second location.
One suspect died on the scene and a second was taken into custody. The injured Cortez Police Officer was transported to Southwest Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Flags in the area have been lowered to half-staff in support of the Cortez Police Department.
The Durango Police Department sends our condolences to the officer’s loved ones, friends, and coworkers during this difficult time.
If anyone has further information about this pending investigation, they are asked to contact the Cortez Police Department and the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 970-565-8441.