Kirk Mitchell
The Denver Post
Vail, CO Colorado

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July 14, 2012
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Leadville man killed at roadblock after firing at officers in high-speed chase

An 18-year-old man died near Villa Grove in southwest Colorado early this morning after firing shots at deputies in Leadville and leading authorities on an 80-mile chase through three counties.

Jacob Vanderbeek of Leadville was shot after he was stopped by Colorado State Patrol officers this morning, said Betty Benson, spokeswoman for the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

"We're just not sure why he did this and we may never know," Benson said. "It's very bizarre and very sad."

None of the deputies or Colorado State Patrol troopers involved in the chase were struck by bullets or injured.

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