San Juan County Undersheriff Steve Lowrance was shot in the face early Tuesday as he attempted to stop a woman who fatally shot herself, according to the sheriff’s office.

The incident unfolded when deputies responded to a high-speed pursuit on U.S. 550 out of La Plata County, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies stopped the vehicle, and Lowrance suffered facial wounds while trying to “prevent the driver from her actions,” according to a Facebook post. The driver died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the sheriff’s office said.

San Juan County Coroner Keri Metzler on Wednesday identified the woman as Amanda Maes, 30, of Colorado Springs, according to the Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper.

Lowrance was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center, in Durango, where he was treated and released. He’s  expected to recover fully.

Two passengers in the eluding vehicle were taken into custody and held at the La Plata County jail. The incident is being investigated by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.


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