12-Year-Old Dies in Colorado Car Theft Shootout

Denver, Colorado, a 12-year-old boy, identified as Elias Armstrong, lost his life after a car theft went wrong. According to the police, the vehicle’s owner was using a smartphone app to track his stolen car.

“An exchange of gunfire took place between the owner and the occupants of the stolen vehicle when the owner approached the car,” said a press release from the Denver Police. Sadly, the young juvenile who was found driving the stolen car a few blocks away had sustained a gunshot wound and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The incident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed against the vehicle owner, who exchanged fire with the suspects. The sequence of events, including who opened fire first, will be determined at the conclusion of the investigation. The findings will then be presented to the Denver District Attorney’s Office for consideration of possible charges.

“The occupants of the stolen vehicle fled on foot prior to officers’ arrival,” the press release added. The Denver Police are encouraging anyone with information about the incident to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.