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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:


BWC video

November 22, 2019 Press Conference 

911 Call

Press packet FINAL.PDF

Officer Crystal McCOy
Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Nov 22, 2019 at 11:48 PM
  

UPDATE:  We understand and appreciate the community’s concern and desire for information when our officers are involved in critical incidents.  We continue to strive to provide as much information as possible, without jeopardizing the investigative process, while working in coordination with the appropriate District Attorney’s office.

We are releasing body-worn camera footage from the primary and secondary officers which can be viewed at the following link:

https://youtu.be/jlNgDqRtzdM

This investigation into the officer-involved shooting is still on-going and will be submitted to the 18
th Judicial District Attorney's Office for review when it is completed.

Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095



In the evening hours of Thursday, October 10, 2019, Aurora Police officers responded to a residence in the 1500 block of South Bahama Street to contact a suspect in reference to an aggravated physical assault that occurred there earlier in the day.


 

Upon officer’s arrival they saw Mr. Huff standing next to a truck.  As the officers (in full police uniform) approached the house, Mr. Huff immediately fled into the home.  As mentioned in the affidavit, Mr. Huff was looking out of a window of a well-lit room as the responding officer was waving at him.  The officer was certain Mr. Huff saw her and recognized her as a Police Officer.  Mr. Huff then quickly disappeared from the officer's view.  Mr. Huff then suddenly reappeared at the same front window armed with a shotgun.  It was at this point one of the responding officers made the decision to discharge their weapon.


The picture accompanying this statement is a still image from a body worn camera that was worn by one of the responding officers. The person holding the shotgun inside the house is Mr. Huff.  It should also be noted that the figure to the right is one of our officers knocking at the front door.

We recognize trust in our community hinges on accurate transparency in all critical incidents, especially in officer-involved-shootings.  Senate Bill 15-219 is designed to not only provide a thorough investigation, but also transparency. We will release the body worn camera footage when we can do so in a manner that does not impede any future court proceedings. 


In this day and age accuracy has never meant more, and the reckless publication of inaccurate information on any critical incident not only causes undue duress and concern for those involved, but also our community. 

 

We appreciate the patience and trust our community continues to give us during these complex investigations. 

Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095
OIS





On Thursday October 10
th, 2019, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Aurora Police officers responded to a residence in the 1500 block of South Bahama Street to investigate an assault when an armed adult male was encountered by officers. This incident led to an officer-involved-shooting where one officer discharged a firearm.


 

The armed male officers encountered has been identified as Andrew Huff, 04-29-1997 (see attached booking photo).  Huff remains in the care of an area hospital pending release.

 

The Aurora Police Department will present the following charges against Huff to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s office for activities prior that led to the Aurora Police Department response to South Bahama Circle:

 

18-3-203 Assault in the Second Degree, Felony

18-3-206 Felony Menacing, Felony

18-3-204 3rd Degree Assault, Misdemeanor

 

The officer-involved-shooting investigation as required by Senate Bill 15-219 is still underway. Once that investigation is completed it will be presented by investigators to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s office for review.

 

The officer who was involved remains on administrative leave per department policy. 

 

No further information is available for release at this time. 

Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095

huff


information previously released on October 11, 2019:

 

The male who was armed with a firearm and shot during the officer-involved shooting that occurred in the 1500 block of South Bahama Street continues being treated and is recovering at a local hospital. No officers were injured.

In connection to this incident, APD is not looking for suspects and there are no threats to the public.
Officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, as is standard and in accordance with departmental policies. 

The officers wore Body Worn Cameras that were collected for review up to and including the Chief of Police.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation and are not available for release today, as investigators still need to obtain statements. Interviews are not expected to be completed until early next week.

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
303.739.6038


On Thursday October 10th, 2019 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to a residence in the 1500 block of South Bahama Street to investigate an assault when an armed adult male was encountered by officers.

 

One officer discharged a firearm striking the armed male.  He was then transported to an area hospital.  The extent of his injuries are not yet known as they are still being evaluated.

This is an active and on-going investigation, and no further information is available at this time.

The incident is being investigated by members of the Aurora Police Department, Denver Police Department and the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in accordance with Senate Bill 15-219. Once this investigation is complete it will be presented to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for a criminal culpability review. We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness to the officer-involved shooting to contact Agent Jamie Krieger at 303.739.6113.


Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095



Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Nov 07, 2019 at 5:39 PM
  

On October 12th at 6:41 a.m. a woman was struck and killed as she crossed East Iliff Avenue near I-225.  The vehicle that struck her fled the scene.  Information was gathered from witnesses and evidence at the scene.  This information was then sent out to all Aurora Police Officers.  A few District One patrol officers continued synthesizing this information and discovered a possible suspect vehicle which was registered to an apartment complex near the crash location.  Due to their continued investigation they found the suspect vehicle.

Subsequent investigation led to them finding the registered owner of the suspect car which was Jackson Donald 11/18/95 from Aurora (see attached booking photo). It was then determined he was the driver of the suspect vehicle that struck the pedestrian.  He was arrested and charged with Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injuries, a Class 3 Felony and held for bond.

Sergeant Chris Carleton
Traffic Investigations
303.739-6243
ccarleto@auroragov.org


Traffic


information previously released on October 12, 2019:

On Saturday October 12, 2019 the Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit began their investigation into a vehicle fatally striking a pedestrian on East Iliff Avenue at I-225 in the early morning hours. 

Through their continued investigation officers located the suspected driver and involved vehicle.  Traffic Investigators are continuing their investigation with this newly developed information.  Due to this, no further information will be released at this time.  

We implore every one to focus on the roadways while driving, and walking.  Use extreme caution in low visibility conditions, and slow down when approaching to make turns.  Finally, never ever leave the scene of an accident.  Anyone who has additional information about this investigation or witnessed this incident please call 303.739.6243. 

Public Information Officer 
Crystal McCoy 
ckmccoy@auroragov.org 
720.435.5095


information previously releases on October 12, 2019:

On Saturday October 12, 2019 at 6:40 a.m., Aurora Police officers responded to East Iliff Avenue at I-225 for a pedestrian that had been struck crossing the road.  That pedestrian was a woman who was just involved in a two-car crash prior to being fatally struck.  She was in the process of contacting the other driver from her crash, and had to walk across westbound East Iliff Avenue to do so.  As she did this, she was struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.  The woman was transported to a local hospital where she died as a result of her injuries.


Evidence gathered at the scene led investigators to believe that the suspect vehicle is a black 2015 to 2018 four-door Nissan Altima (see below images).  It will have damage to the left (driver’s side) bumper with part of it missing.  The driver’s sideview mirror will also be missing.

Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call APD Traffic Investigations at 303-739-6243. Anonymous tips to Denver Metro Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00 by calling 720-913-STOP.

Chris Carleton

Sergeant, Aurora Police Department

Traffic Investigations

303.739-6243

ccarleto@auroragov.org

Actual Suspect VehicleExample Vehicle


Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Oct 14, 2019 at 5:49 PM
  

On Sunday June 30, 2019 at 6:04 p.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to 965 South Ivory Circle on reports of a stabbing.

Upon officers arrival they located an adult male victim who was stabbed. The victim was then transported to an area hospital where he tragically succumbed to his injuries on Monday July 1, 2019 at approximately 2:50 a.m.

Positive identification of the victim, and notification of the next-of-kin will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.
An adult has since been arrested. Due to the ongoing investigational efforts, the identity of the arrestee will be released at a later time. All further media inquires related to this arrest should be directed to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

This is now being investigated by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent Szuch at 303-739-6068. 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 Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095



Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jul 01, 2019 at 10:54 AM
  
DATE: May 21, 2019 

NATURE: RESCHEDULE 2019 Fallen Police Officer Memorial

Due to anticipated inclement weather tomorrow during this previously scheduled event, the 2019 Fallen Police Officer Memorial ceremony will now take place on Tuesday May 21st, 2019 at noon until approximately 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Courtyard of the Aurora Municipal Center (AMC) Campus.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone, and do hope you can join us during much improved weather on Tuesday May 21st, 2019 at noon.

Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095


previously released May 8, 2019:


DATE: May 9, 2019 

CONTACT: Officer Crystal McCoy 
(303) 432-5095

NATURE: 2019 Fallen Police Officer Memorial

The Chief of Police would like to announce the Aurora Police Department’s 2019 Fallen Police Officer Memorial. We will be honoring the lives of the following Aurora Police Officers who died in the line of duty:

Patrolwoman Debra Sue Corr EOW 6/27/81

Patrolman Thomas Dietzman Jr. EOW 8/16/85

Agent Edward Hockom EOW 9/21/87

Agent Michael Del Thomas EOW 9/30/06

Police Officer Doug Byrne EOW 3/26/07

Additionally, we will be honoring the lives of all of the Colorado Fallen Officers that have died in the line of duty since May of 2017 which include: 

 Las Animas County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Matthew Troy Moreno EOW 12/12/18

 Colorado State Patrol Corporal Daniel H. Groves EOW 3/13/19

The public, law enforcement agencies and families of the fallen, as well as media are invited to attend this ceremony. The ceremony will include the Aurora Police Honor Guard, Jake Schroeder singing the National Anthem, and a Blue Rose Presentation by Brotherhood for the Fallen.

The ceremony will take place on Thursday May 9, 2019 at noon until approximately 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Courtyard of the Aurora Municipal Center (AMC) Campus.

We ask all attendees to plan ahead for weather, parking and extended periods of time for standing as limited seating is available.

The media is asked to contact Officer Crystal McCoy at ckmccoy@auroragov.org if they are planning on attending. Interviews will be provided at the end of the ceremony.

Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On May 08, 2019 at 12:08 PM
  

On Sunday April 28th, 2019 at 6:56 p.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to a reported stabbing in the 14800 block of East Kentucky Drive.

 

Upon officers arrival they located an adult male victim suffering from a stab wound. The male was transported to an area hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries.

 

All involved parties have been identified, and no one is in custody at this time. This was an isolated incident, and we are not looking for any suspects. No further information is known at this time as the investigation is still active and ongoing.

 

Positive identification of the victim will be made by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after the next-of-kin has been notified.

 

This is being investigated by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent Jamie Krieger at 303.739.6113. 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 Crystal McCoy

Public Information Officer

Aurora Police Department

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Apr 28, 2019 at 10:26 PM
  

(January 8, 2020) On Wednesday January 8, 2020, at approximately 8:24 a.m. Aurora Police Officers were dispatched to the area of East Tennessee Place and South Truckee Street on a report of suspicious parties in the area.

 

The 911 caller described the suspicious parties as two juvenile females and one juvenile male, all approximately 15 years of age, who were associated with a red Honda CRV.  The caller also advised the parties were looking into homes, and believed they may be attempting to commit a burglary.  Officers learned the Honda CRV was stolen out of Colorado Springs as they were arriving on scene.

 

Upon officers arrival they confronted a juvenile male in the stolen vehicle.  The officer made the decision to discharge his weapon which did not strike the juvenile male.  The juvenile male was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.  A handgun was recovered from the vehicle.

 

All responding officers were equipped with body-worn cameras and will be reviewed as part of this investigation.  The involved officer has worked for the Aurora Police Department for 15 years, and has not been involved in any prior officer-involved shootings at the Aurora Police Department.  The officer will be placed on administrative leave per Aurora Police Department policy.

 

This incident is being investigated by members of the Aurora Police Department, Denver Police Department and the 18th Judicial District Attorneys Office in accordance with Senate Bill 15-219.

 

Once this investigation is complete it will be presented to the 18th Judicial District Attorneys Office for criminal culpability review. We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness to the events leading up to and after the officer-involved shooting to contact Agent Sutherland at 303.739.6406.

 

Officer Crystal McCoy

Public Information Officer

Aurora Police Department

720.432.5095



Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jan 08, 2020 at 1:22 PM
  
UPDATE: After our officers diligently worked to locate him, tonight we can announce Curtis Davis-Barnes is now in custody.




On Wednesday, December 25th, 2019, at approximately 02:15 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to the 17000 block of East Kansas Place on a reported shooting.

Upon officer’s arrival they located an adult male inside a house with a gunshot wound. Shortly thereafter, the male was pronounced deceased on scene. Positive identification of the victim will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

This investigation is still very active and ongoing and is being investigated by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. Officers are actively looking for the suspect involved in this incident.

We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent Fredericksen at 303-739-6106.

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 Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Dec 31, 2019 at 9:01 PM
  
On Wednesday, December 25th, 2019, at approximately 12:20 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to 15700 East Colfax Avenue on a reported stabbing.

Upon officer’s arrival they located an adult male and an adult female inside a mobile home, both with stab wounds. The female was transported to an area hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. The male was also transported to the hospital where he remains in critical condition. Positive identification of the female, as well as next-of-kin notifications, will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

This investigation is still very active and ongoing and is being investigated as a homicide by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. Investigators are currently trying to determine what led up to the stabbing and the relationship between the male and the female, if any.

We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this incident, to please call Aurora Police Agent Meadows at 303-739-6068.

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).
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Dec 25, 2019 at 11:07 AM
  
On April 14, 2019, at 12:01 A.M., officers responded to the area of East 58th Avenue and North Flanders Street on reports of a vehicle fire.

Once the fire had been extinguished, an unidentifiable body was found inside of the vehicle. Information is limited at this time.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office once a positive identification has been made, and next of kin has been notified. 

Due to the suspicious nature of this death, the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is handling this investigation. Aurora Police is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agent Frederickson with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6106. Tipsters can also use Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720-913-7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and be eligible for a $2,000 reward. 

Officer Matthew Longshore

Public Information Officer

Aurora Police Department

720-432-5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Apr 14, 2019 at 3:44 AM
  
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