Traffic stop turns into gun battle in Longmont, officer shoots suspect

FOX31 Denver

LONGMONT, Colo. — A routine traffic stop in Longmont early Wednesday morning turns into a fierce gun battle between an officer and a 28-year-old man.

The suspect, Jonathan Shank, now fights for his life at Denver Health Medical Center.

The shootout happened about 2:15 a.m. at 210 Ken Pratt Blvd.

The unidentified officer pulled Shank into a parking lot because he’d been driving without his lights on.

Suddenly, darkness erupts into a blaze of gunfire.

Police say one or two rounds hit the Best Buy building in the parking lot.

But somehow, the officer avoids injury.

Immediately, after pulling Shank over, he gets out of his Subaru Impreza and fires a fully-loaded Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle right at the officer.

“He fired more than 12 (rounds),” says Longmont Police Commander Jeff Satur.

Most of those bullets hit the patrol car.

Every window, but one, is blown out or damaged by bullets.

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