Wanted Man Arrested After Pursuit and Shooting at Deputies

Teller County, CO, December 3, 2020– On November 21, 2020 at 9:30pm, the Teller County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) was notified that Fremont County Deputies were in pursuit of an armed fugitive with five (5) felony warrants and that the pursuit was entering Teller County on Shelf Road in the area of Cripple Creek.

Numerous TCSO deputies responded to assist. While deputies and officers with the Cripple Creek Police Department and Colorado Division of Gaming were able to prevent the fleeing suspect from entering a highly populated area, the pursuit continued into the Town of Victor with the suspect firing several rounds toward pursuing deputies and officers.

The suspect wrecked his car at Skaguay Reservoir and ran on foot into a wooded area. Area residents were contacted and told to shelter in place. Numerous deputies and officers secured the area and at 1pm the next day, a remote cabin was discovered with smoke coming from the inside. The suspect ran from the cabin and was taken into custody after a short foot-pursuit. He had a loaded .45 caliber pistol in his waistband.

The suspect was identified as Chancey Ray Colwell, 36. Mr. Colwell is presumed innocent until proven guilty and is currently being held on a $1,000,000.00 bond at the Teller County jail. His booking photo is below.

This situation exemplifies the dangerous fleeing felons that law enforcement is tasked to take into custody at great risk to their person on a regular basis. The Teller County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank our partners, the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Cripple Creek Police Department, Canon City Police Department, and Colorado Division of Gaming. Working in many remote areas, TCSO deputies routinely encounter fugitives who don’t want to be captured. Our deputies are brave men and women and always rise to the call to fight crime and hold those accountable for their actions. Everyone involved in this incident is to be commended for bravery and tenacity.

TCSO Booking Photo: Chancey Ray Colwell

Arrested on the following charges:

First Degree Attempted Murder of a Police Officer, three counts, a felony two;

Assault in the First Degree, three counts, a felony three;

First Degree Criminal Trespass, a felony five;

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, a drug felony four;

Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender, a felony five;

Violation of a Protection Order, a misdemeanor two;

Resisting Arrest, a misdemeanor two;

Reckless Endangerment, a misdemeanor three;

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a drug petty offense

The Teller County Sheriff’s Office is currently hiring to fill Deputy Sheriff positions. Interested applicants can

apply online at any time at www.tellercountysheriff.com/