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Update: Montague County deputy shot, high-speed chase ends with fiery crash


A Montague County deputy was shot Thursday during a high-speed chase that began on Hwy. 287 near the Clay-Montague line and ended in Decatur.

Although initial reports stated that the chase began in Bellevue, the deputy was shot while making a traffic stop in Montague County just after 11 a.m. Thursday.

The chase ended when the suspect wrecked his vehicle, a black Cadillac with Colorado tags, at the intersection of Business 380 and Hwy. 380 in Decatur, with at least one vehicle involved bursting into flames.

The suspect fired shots at state troopers, Wise County deputies and Decatur police officers during the chase, and gunfire was exchanged following the wreck, according to the Wise County Messenger.

During the exchange of gunfire, the suspect was shot in the head. He was transported to an area hospital, and died on Friday.

The Montague County deputy who was shot by the suspect is listed in stable condition. He has been idenitified as 27-year-old James Boyd, a three-year veteran of the MCSO.

The suspect has been identified as Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, a Colorado parolee with ties to a white supremacist prison gang.

Law enforcement officials in El Paso County, Colo., are looking into the suspect’s possible connection to two murders, that of Tom Clements, director of Colorado’s Department of Corrections, Tuesday night in Monument, Colo., and of a Denver-area pizza delivery driver, according to NBC.


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