- Associated Press - Monday, March 19, 2018

DENVER (AP) - The Latest on the search for an escaped inmate in Denver (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

Two people believed to be connected to an escaped inmate are hospitalized after an officer-involved shooting in northeast Denver.

Police spokesman John White says officers trying to find 23-year-old Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez were led to a home in the Denver suburb of Aurora on Monday night. Two people fled in an SUV, and shots were fired following a high-speed chase.

White did not detail the circumstances of the shooting or release the conditions or names of the suspects. Venzor-Gonzalez, who escaped earlier in the day while being taken to a Denver hospital, remains at large.

It’s not clear if he was wearing handcuffs or other restraints when he escaped.

Authorities have said Venzor-Gonzalez was injured in November during a shootout with police, who tracked him to a home in Aurora. He surrendered after a two-day standoff.

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5:05 p.m.

Immigration authorities asked to be notified if a man facing charges for the attempted murder of a police officer was released by the Denver Sheriff’s Department.

The man remained jailed until he escaped from deputies’ custody during a visit to a Denver hospital on Monday. Immigration authorities use the requests to take custody of someone who may be deported.

Authorities said Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez escaped around 6:30 a.m. on Monday.

Venzor-Gonzalez was arrested in November. Authorities have said he was injured in a shootout with police, who tracked Venzor-Gonzalez to a home in Aurora. He surrendered after a two-day standoff.

Sheriff spokeswoman Daria Serna says the department typically notifies Immigrations and Customs Enforcement once an inmate begins the release process.

An ICE spokesman did not immediately comment on Venzor-Gonzalez’s status Monday.

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4:25 p.m.

Police in Denver are searching for an inmate who escaped while being transported to a hospital and warned residents that the man facing charges for the attempted murder of a police officer is dangerous.

Denver Sheriff Patrick Firman says Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez escaped from deputies around 6:30 a.m. Monday and was last seen running from the downtown Denver hospital. Police searched the area for hours but did not find Venzor-Gonzalez, who is 23.

Venzor-Gonzalez was arrested in November. Authorities have said he was injured in a shootout with police, who tracked Venzor-Gonzalez to a home in Aurora. He surrendered after a two-day standoff.

He had an appointment at the hospital on Monday morning, Firman said. It’s not clear if Venzor-Gonzalez was wearing handcuffs or other restraints at the time, Firman said.

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This story has been corrected to provide the correct spelling of Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez’s last name.


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