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Response to suicide call closed ramps onto I-25 in Pueblo near Purcell Blvd

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office and Colorado State Patrol closed the ramps onto I-25 near Purcell Boulevard while responding to a call about a suicidal woman.

Around 3:40 p.m. Sunday, deputies went to a home on E. Hastings Avenue near North Galena Drive in response to the call.

The sheriff's office said the woman was cutting herself, and she got into a car to get away from deputies. Authorities said she was still harming herself while she was driving.

When she refused to stop, deputies used a Pursuit Intervention Technique maneuver to stop the car near I-25 and Purcell Boulevard.

While in the car, the woman continued to harm herself and refused repeated orders by deputies to stop and drop her weapon, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies used a taser to stop her and she received immediate medical attention before being taken to a local hospital. She later died from her injuries.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time,” Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor said in a statement.

“This is a very tragic and unfortunate incident for everyone involved. Due to the actions of this female, there was a high concern for public safety and our deputies engaged in less lethal means to bring the situation under control. We are deeply saddened by the outcome of this situation.”

While deputies investigated, a part of Purcell Boulevard from Fairbanks to Interstate 25 and the on-ramps at Mile Marker 108 were temporarily closed.

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