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How police arrested Windsor drive-by shooting suspect

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WINDSOR, Colo. (KDVR) — Kyle Bertsch, 39, faces a list of charges after officials say he was involved in a drive-by shooting in Windsor and led police on a pursuit until he was arrested.

Bertsch is accused of leading officers on a chase through Weld County after the shooting that allegedly began because of drug activity.

“These incidents are only occasional and rare,” said Windsor Acting Police Chief Aaron Lopez. “Between five and seven shots were fired by a man in a van. »

Lopez said the man was Berstch, who fled the scene.

“A man in a pickup truck pointed a gun at motorists at the intersection of County Road 23 and Highway 392,” Lopez said.

Police said that after these incidents, Bertsch drove to Greeley where authorities found his location.

“They continued to monitor him and he left town and entered other jurisdictions, at which point a pursuit was initiated,” Lopez said.

Drive-by shooting suspect found by police

Police identified him by checking the registration of his van. They followed him and chased him through several towns in Weld County, including Eaton, Ault and Severance.

Eventually, Berstch surrendered, but not before damaging several police vehicles, police said. Authorities tracked him through the use of technology.

“Give us the best chance of safely locating them and minimizing the risk of injury to officers, suspects and the public,” Lopez said.

The front of a police SUV is badly damaged
A Layoffs Police Department vehicle was damaged during a chase for a drive-by shooting suspect in Windsor. (Windsor Police Service)

In this case, no one was injured. The technology used to track Bertsch is only used when absolutely necessary, according to Lopez.

“In emergency circumstances, a warrant is not necessary at that time,” Lopez said. “However, we must file documents after the fact to justify our use of these technologies.”

Berstch faces a long list of charges, the most serious of which is attempted second-degree murder. He is being held in the Weld County Jail on $8 million bail.

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