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(February 6, 2020) - On January 28, 2019, the Force Review board (FRB) convened to review the Elijah McClain critical incident in accordance with directive 3.3.7. The Force Review Board (FRB) consists of a body of sworn officers that reviews incidents involving an officer’s use of any weapon to overcome a subject’s resistance, or when a subject is injured by an officer’s application of force which requires medical treatment.  Additionally, the FRB can convene to review any incidents deemed necessary by the Aurora Police Department Executive staff.  The FRB reviews these cases for compliance with applicable state statues and department directives, as well as any training deficiencies.

Based on all the available information the FRB concluded that the officers were called to the area to investigate a suspicious person.  Officers had a lawful reason to contact Mr. McClain.  The force applied during the altercation to include the carotid control hold and the force applied during the altercation was within policy and consistent with training. 

“The loss of Mr. McClain’s life is tragic, and we continue to offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all those impacted by this loss.“ -Chief Vanessa Wilson

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department

720.432.5095


Update to Elijah McClain Critical Incident Press Conference

On November 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz held a joint press conference with Aurora Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Stephen McInerny.  The press conference began with a 911 call, and followed by body worn camera footage of the incident involving Elijah McClain that occurred on the night of August 24, 2019.

After the video Aurora Police Chief Metz and Aurora Fire Deputy Chief McInerny addressed the police and paramedic actions during the event.  They offered their heartfelt condolences for the loss of Mr. McClain, and acknowledged the impact on Mr. McClain's family, our community, and the involved officers that evening.

Body worn camera video, the APD Integration Program, a Joint Press Release from APD and AFR, an AFR press release, AFR Ketamine Protocols, the transcript of the 911 call, the Office of the Coroner, Adams and Broomfield Counties Autopsy report for Mr. McClain, APD Directive 5.08 Less Lethal Devices, Weapons and Techniques, APD Carotid Control Hold Vs. Chokehold Comparison presentation and SB 15-219 can be found among the following links:

Press Conference Packet

BWC video

November 22, 2019 Press Conference

911 Call


Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095


PRESS CONFERENCE: Update on Elijah McClain Critical Incident

WHAT: Press Conference Addressing the Elijah McClain Critical Incident

WHEN: Friday, November 22, 2019 7:00 P.M.

WHERE: Aurora Police Headquarters, 15001 East Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO

WHO: Chief of Police, Nick Metz and Aurora Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Stephen McInerny

CONTACT: Officer Tony Camacho, Public Information Officer for the Aurora Police Department
(720) 432-5095

Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz and Aurora Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Stephen McInerny will be providing updates and answering questions on the August 24th Critical Incident involving Elijah McClain.

The conference will be held in a secure location inside of Police Headquarters. The media is asked to arrive no later than 6:30 P.M. through the main lobby of Police Headquarters. Please call the on-call PIO number when you arrive and a representative of the Media Relations Unit will then escort you into the building.

Members of the media who plan on attending, please RVSP to [email protected] no later than Friday, November 22, 2019 by 6:00 P.M.

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095


UPDATE:  We fully understand the need for transparency throughout this entire investigation and we can appreciate the seriousness of this matter. Last week, at the invitation of the Chief of Police, members of Mr. McClain’s family heard the 911 call and viewed body worn camera videos from this incident. We continue to offer our deepest condolences to Mr. McClain’s family and friends during this very difficult time.


From the beginning, Chief Metz ordered an investigation at the level consistent with officer-involved shootings pursuant to Senate Bill 15-219 by having a multi-agency team comprised of members from the Denver Police Department, Aurora Police Department and the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. That investigation continues.


On August 24, 2019 at 10:32 p.m. the Aurora Police Department received a 911 call where the called described a “suspicious person”. The caller reported an adult male was walking on Billings Street near East Colfax Avenue, wearing a ski mask and flailing his arms at the caller.


Officers arrived in the area and contacted a male still wearing a ski mask, later identified as Elijah McClain. The male began to resist the officer contact, a struggle then ensued, and he was taken into custody. Aurora Fire Rescue administered a standard medication to reduce Mr. McClain’s agitation. He was then transported to a local hospital where tragically he died days later.


The Adams County Coroner’s Office report is not yet completed and is a key component to providing much needed information to this investigation. Once their report is finished, the Coroner’s Office will be the ones who release those results. It will be included in the case that is then presented to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for review.


No further comment will be provided by the Aurora Police Department to protect the integrity of the investigation and review by the District Attorney’s office.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095

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Information previously released on 08/26/2019:

On August 24, 2019 at 10:32 p.m. the Aurora Police Department received a “suspicious person” call. The caller reported an adult male was walking on Billings Street near East Colfax Avenue, wearing a ski mask and waving his arms at the caller.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted a male wearing a ski mask. The male would not stop walking down the street from the officer. The male resisted contact, a struggle ensued, and he was taken into custody. Due to the level of physical force applied while restraining the subject and his agitated mental state, officers requested Aurora Fire Rescue (AFR) and Falck Ambulance respond to render professional medical attention.

According to AFR, consistent with their accepted protocol, a standard medication routinely utilized to reduce agitation was administered and reduced the exhibited anxiety. Several minutes later during the transport to the hospital the patient suffered a cardiac arrest and lifesaving measures were initiated. He regained a pulse and is currently being treated at a local hospital.

The Aurora PD Victim Services Unit assisted in locating the family and taking them to the hospital. They are providing support as the investigation continues.

During this event, officers were using their issued body worn cameras. Because of the critical nature of this incident, it is being investigated by the APD Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and members of the Denver Police Department to ensure a fair and transparent investigation into the events of that night.

The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office responded to the scene that evening and will review the investigation when it is completed.

We are asking anyone with information about this case to please contact Agent M. Ingui at 303-739-6067.
Posted by [email protected]  On Jun 22, 2020 at 12:27 PM
  

(January 19, 2020)  UPDATE:  Two arrests have been made in this case. 

Marcus Smith (DOB-08-15-1994) has been charged with CRS 18-3-103 Attempted Second Degree Murder.

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Cubanicqua Lawrence (DOB 01-07-1997) has been charged with CRS 18-3-103 Attempted Second Degree Murder, 18-4-202 First Degree Burglary and 18-4-302 Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery.   


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A third suspect in this case remains in the hospital. We do not have an update on his status. 

We will not be releasing any additional information about this case as it is now being prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Further information will need to be obtained by their offices. 







(January 18, 2020)  UPDATE:  The Aurora Police Department has learned the condition of the injured party is critical but stable at an area hospital.  

We do not believe there is a threat to the general public from this incident. 


(January 18, 2020). On January 18, 2020 about 2:34 a.m. officers from the Aurora Police Department responded to 2155 South Rifle Way for a report of a possible shooting.

Upon arriving officers found an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Life rendering measures were applied by officers on scene. The male was transported to a local hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.

During the investigation detectives learned the resident was awoken by strangers in his apartment. There was a struggle between the resident and the strangers. During that struggle a firearm was discharged and the one party was injured.

This investigation is continuing and we are working to determine if there is any connection between the parties involved.

This case is being investigated by the Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit.

We are asking if anyone has information about this case to please contact Agt. N. Huber. At 303-739-6090.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867)


Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Jan 19, 2020 at 1:26 PM
  
On July 4th, 2019 at 10:29 p.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to the Greensview Apartment Complex located at 16498 East Alameda Place on reports of shots fired which resulted in the death of one adult male.

The next day Scott Alan Mathews 10/1/92, was arrested and charged in this homicide investigation. We have attached a booking photo of Scott Mathews with this release.

This case is being prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office and all further media inquiries should be directed to their office.

ScottMathews

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095




Information previously released on July 4th, 2019:

On July 4th, 2019, at 10:29 P.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to the Greensview Apartment Complex located at 16498 East Alameda Place on reports of shots fired.

Upon officers arrival they located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers rendered aid and the victim was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Positive identification of the victim, notification of the next-of-kin and determination of the cause of death will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

Detectives interviewed a person of interest that was involved in this shooting. That person is a Corrections Officer with the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC) who was acting as a private citizen during this incident. Scott Mathews Jr (DOB 10-01-1992) was booked into the City of Aurora Detention Center for at least Colorado Revised Statute 18-3-103 Murder in the Second Degree.

Numerous witnesses were interviewed and to maintain the integrity of the investigation no photo is being released at this time since more witnesses need to be contacted.

There currently is no danger to the public and no outstanding suspects.

This is now being investigated by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit in conjunction with the Denver Police Department and the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office due to the suspect being an employee of DOC. We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent Prince at 303-739-6127. Tipsters can also remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913- STOP (7867).

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Jul 22, 2019 at 11:39 AM
  
The Aurora Police Department is announcing that the reward has been increased in a shooting incident that left one man dead and three other persons wounded on the early morning of May 27, 2018. On that morning at approximately 2:10 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded on the report a shooting at 15405 East 6th Ave. That shooting claimed the life of Dejon Williams (DOB 11/10/1980), who was identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office earlier this week. Previously, the reward for this case was listed at $2,000 and the reward is now up to $4,000.

The investigation of the shooting still remains very active. Aurora Major Crimes/Homicide Detectives are working hard to follow-up on every lead and speak to witnesses to determine what lead up to the shooting and to identify a suspect. At this time, no persons are in custody for this incident. That being said, the Aurora Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance with solving this murder. Detectives believe that there are other witnesses who have information about this incident or who may be able to identify the suspect. No piece of information, no matter how slight, is considered to be insignificant. If anybody has information about this incident, they are asked to contact Major Crimes/Homicide Detective Alton Reed at (303) 739-6068. Tipsters can also remain anonymous by contacting crime stoppers at (720) 913-7867.

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095




Information previously released on May 27, 2018

On May 27, 2018 at approximately 02:10 A.M., a shooting was reported in the area of E 6th Ave and N Helena St. Officers arrived on scene and located four adults suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  All four victims were transported to local hospitals. Later at the hospital a male victim was pronounced deceased.

This case is in its early stages and the Aurora Police Major Crimes Unit (MCU) is actively investigating the incident. As a part of the investigation, Detectives will determine what circumstances lead up to the shooting. As to protect the integrity of the active investigation, no further information is being released at this time. No persons are currently in custody in connection with this incident.

If any member of the public has any information about this incident, they are asked to contact MCU Detective Alton Reed at (303) 739-6068. Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.

Sergeant Chris Neiman
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095

Posted by [email protected]  On May 31, 2018 at 3:27 PM