Arrest of Adam Fulford
On March 30, 2017, at approximately 6:50 p.m., Larimer County Sheriff’s Office investigators attempted to arrest Adam Keith Fulford (10/05/1983) in the 800 block of East Drake Road in Fort Collins. Investigators knew Fulford had outstanding felony arrest warrants for Failure to Appear – Possession Controlled Substance / Special Offender / Firearms and False Information to a Pawn Broker. Fulford ran from investigators and was pursued, but was not apprehended. Investigators deployed a Taser, but it was not successful. Fort Collins Police Services officers responded to assist and set up a perimeter. A FCPS K9 was also deployed, but Fulford was not located.
LCSO investigators contacted the residents of the apartment where Fulford was staying and were given permission to search the apartment. Investigators found firearms and a homemade explosive device. The apartment building was evacuated and the Northern Colorado Bomb Squad responded to investigate. The homemade explosive device was removed from the home by the bomb squad.
FCPS investigators saw a man roughly matching Fulford’s description enter a taxi a short distance from the scene and followed it. The taxi was driving below the posted speed limit and ran a red light on College Avenue. They continued to follow the taxi into Loveland and back north toward Horsetooth Reservoir.
As they approached the area of Horsetooth Mountain Park at approximately 8:34 p.m., the adult male driver of the taxi jumped from the vehicle. Investigators stopped and learned the taxi driver had been shot in the leg and Fulford continued driving the taxi. The taxi driver was treated at the scene by law enforcement until EMS arrived and transported him to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
LCSO deputies deployed spike strips in front of the taxi on West County Road 38E west of Centennial Drive. The taxi hit the spike strips, crashed, and Fulford fled on foot. LCSO, FCPS, and Larimer County Parks established a perimeter. Larimer County Regional SWAT also responded. LCSO dispatch sent an Everbridge Emergency Notification to 1,100 contacts (not homes) in the area advising them of the law enforcement activity, to stay inside, and report any suspicious behavior.
The area was searched on foot, by vehicle, boat, and air with the assistance of the Denver Police Department. The Denver PD helicopter was not able to utilize FLIR because of the weather conditions. An estimated 75 law enforcement personnel were part of the search for this dangerous felon. Just before 3:00 a.m. this morning, the search was suspended as investigative leads in the area were exhausted. Several deputies remained in the area overnight.
At about 8:30 a.m., LCSO received reports of a man pointing a gun at motorists in the area of West County Road 38E and Centennial Drive. One person was driving with his children and saw a man matching Fulford’s description in the middle of the road. The man pointed a handgun at the man and his children, but the driver was able to get away without being harmed. LCSO received two more reports from motorists stating a man pointed a handgun at them as they were driving in the same area.
An adult male driving a black 2008 Toyota Prius stopped in the roadway while being held at gunpoint by Fulford. The man exited his vehicle and Fulford drove away in the Prius headed eastbound on West County Road 38E. None of these victims were injured.
Deputies located and pursued the stolen vehicle as Fulford drove southbound on South Taft Hill Road. Fulford drove the vehicle at speeds reaching 100 mph. Spike strips were deployed near 57th Street and North Wilson Avenue, but Fulford was able to avoid them. At times during the pursuit, Fulford drove the vehicle southbound in the northbound lanes.
Fulford ran the red light at the intersection of North Wilson Avenue and West Eisenhower Boulevard in Loveland and crashed into another vehicle. Fulford was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. A handgun was found inside the vehicle. As of 1:00 p.m. today, Fulford was listed in critical condition.
The vehicle Fulford crashed into was occupied by an adult female and two juveniles. They were transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Fulford is in custody for the outstanding felony arrest warrants. The investigation continues regarding the multiple felony offenses committed by Fulford last night and this morning. Charges will be determined by the district attorney’s office as the investigation progresses.
Anyone with information regarding the incidents near Horsetooth Reservoir is asked to contact LCSO Investigator Drew Weber at 970-498-5172.
FCPS is investigating the crash in Loveland this morning. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact FCPS Officer Drew Jurkofsky at 970-221-6842.