CBI Continues Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation (Update)

08/28/2018—The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) continues to investigate an officer-involved shooting in southern Colorado occurring on Saturday, August 25, 2018.

The names of the suspects have been released following notifications made by the Alamosa County Coroner:

  • Nelson Billings (DOB: 5/26/1992), Lavaca, TX
  • Jennifer Sharp (DOB: 12/27/1980), Lavaca, TX

Both Billings and Sharp may have been living in the Moffat, Colorado area, approximately 40 miles north of Alamosa.  They were in a stolen vehicle and were involved in a lengthy pursuit with law enforcement on Saturday morning. (Please see the recap of the incident below.)

The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has released the name of the trooper involved in the incident. Trooper Ramiro Contreras has been with the CSP since 2007. Trooper Contreras was placed on paid administrative leave per policy.

At the completion of the investigation by CBI agents, case information will be forwarded to the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for their review.


**Original News Release**

(August 25, 2018—CBI—Alamosa, CO)—The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is investigating an officer-involved shooting following a pursuit of a stolen vehicle in Saguache County, just before 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018.

Saguache County deputies attempted to contact the driver and passenger of a stolen vehicle (silver, Jeep Patriot) in the town of Moffat, on Saturday morning.

A pursuit was initiated by Saguache County deputies, and later joined by a Colorado State Patrol trooper and an Alamosa County deputy.

The female passenger of the stolen vehicle brandished a shotgun during the course of the pursuit that traveled along several county roads.

A CSP sergeant successfully deployed stop sticks on Colorado Highway 17 at the Highway 112 junction, near the Saguache/Alamosa county line.

The stolen vehicle came to a stop in the middle of Colorado Highway 17. The driver and the passenger both exited the vehicle, with the shotgun brandished during the pursuit, and may have been heading toward another vehicle that had pulled over to yield to the pursuit in the area.

The CSP trooper fired multiple rounds toward the suspects. At least one of the suspects fired a weapon.

It's believed the male suspect, who had been driving the stolen vehicle, shot himself. Both suspects were pronounced deceased at the scene.

There were no injuries to law enforcement during the incident.