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OFFICER DOWN: Trooper Taylor Thyfault, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

LAKEWOOD CO (May 23, 2015)--Trooper Taylor Thyfault was struck and killed by a vehicle that was fleeing from other officers. Trooper-taylor-thyfault

Trooper Thyfault was riding along with a trooper as part of his required training and was at the scene of an unrelated vehicle crash on Colorado Highway 66, near Weld County Road 1. As they conducted their accident investigation, a vehicle pursuit approached their location. The trooper and Trooper Thyfault were deploying stop sticks when the offender swerved struck both of them with his vehicle.

Trooper Thyfault was killed and the trooper was critically injured.

The driver of the vehicle was apprehended near the scene.

Trooper Thyfault was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Colorado State Patrol for several weeks. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Trooper from the rank of Cadet.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:


Colorado State Patrol
700 Kipling Street
Lakewood, CO 80215

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