Fountain police officer dies after fall from overpass during pursuit

A Fountain police officer died Saturday after falling from a bridge during a pursuit on Feb. 2, according to the police department.

Officer Julian Becerra died at 7:14 p.m. from injuries he suffered in the 40-foot fall 10 days earlier, the police department said. He had been a Fountain police officer for four-and-a-half years, according to the department.

Becerra fell from an overpass while trying to apprehend a carjacking suspect, police said. He was put on life support after the fall but did not recover.

The pursuit unfolded over several hours on Feb. 2, eventually culminating in a foot chase between one carjacking suspect and officers near the intersection of Interstate 25 and South Academy Blvd. to the east of Hartford Street, police said.

The driver of the vehicle ran from officers and tried to jump off a bridge, but they grabbed him to prevent his fall, pulling him to safety. During that chase, however, Becerra fell from the bridge.

Two other carjacking suspects in the car were arrested without incident after the vehicle was disabled.

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