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Shots fired during attempted escape from Lookout Mountain in Golden

Nobody was injured during the incident, the Golden Police Department said.

GOLDEN, Colo. — The Golden Police Department (GPD) is investigating an attempted escape from the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center that happened early Wednesday morning.

Around 6:22 a.m., a gold Lexus SUV with a bike rack was seen in the parking lot on the north side of the facility. The SUV then drove to the west side of the campus on a service road between the facility and a golf course, according to GPD Deputy Chief Joe Harvey. 

Three men dressed in black exited the SUV and threw a white sack filled with rocks tied to a rope over the fence, GPD said.

The first bag got stuck at the top of the fence, then a second bag was successfully thrown over, according to GPD.

While this was happening, GPD said Ernesto Ontiveros, 18, was being moved from housing to breakfast when he ran from staff and went toward the fence, but staff stopped him.

A maintenance worker on the campus heard a gun shot and someone say, "get back," and then heard another gun shot, GPD said. The people then got back into the SUV and drove off, GPD said. 

Investigators found two .380 caliber shell casings, and GPD confirmed that the staff is not armed and officers did not fire any shots. Police are not sure if the gunshots were fired at someone, into the ground or in the air.

No injuries were reported at the facility, everyone housed at the facility was accounted for and police are searching for the gold Lexus.

Ontiveros was booked into the Jefferson County jail for attempted escape, GPD said.

Credit: Golden Police
Ernesto Ontiveros

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Lookout Mountain is one of several facilities run by Colorado's Division of Youth Services (DYS). Following several escapes and violent incidents changes were announced at the facilities to make them more secure.

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