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(January 1) Aurora Police Department Major Crimes Homicide Unit and the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) for the 18th Judicial District are investigating and officer involved shooting incident that happened overnight on North Chambers Road.

On December 31, 2022, officers responded to a home in the 1200 block of North Chambers Road. A woman called Aurora 911 to report a domestic violence situation. When officers arrived on scene they found multiple people at the home, some of whom were uncooperative with the investigation.

Officers determined there was probable cause to arrest 38-year-old Juan Ruiz-Reta for domestic violence related harassment and criminal mischief. As officers tried to place him under arrest, he was uncooperative. During that time, another male became involved and one of the officers fired their weapon, striking that man in his lower leg. Officers immediately applied a tourniquet and called for an ambulance. The man who was shot was transported to the hospital for medical care. One officer and Ruiz-Reta were also evaluated medically for minor medical complaints.

The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) for the 18th Judicial District responded and will be investigating this officer-involved shooting incident. The CIRT Team conducts independent, multi-agency investigations into officer-involved shootings that occur in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Elbert County. Consistent with long standing department policy, the officer that fired their weapon was placed on administrative leave.

The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes Homicide Unit will investigate the circumstances of the domestic violence incident. Both investigations are ongoing and further updates regarding the officer involved shooting will come from the Critical Incident Response Team.

Sergeant Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Ruiz-Reta

Posted by [email protected]  On Jan 01, 2023 at 8:26 AM
  
(December 24) Two men died following a shooting on East Tennessee Place in District 2.

About 12:30 p.m. Saturday, officers received a call about a shooting in the 17500 block of East Tennessee Place. Once on scene, officers discovered two men outside who were suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

Both victims were transported to the hospital. Sadly, both were pronounced deceased a short time later. They will both be identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after positive identification and notifications of next of kin.

Investigators from the Major Crimes Homicide Unit (MCHU) responded to the scene and worked with officers to locate evidence and interview witnesses. The circumstances leading up to the shooting are still under investigation and detectives are actively pursuing leads. No arrests had been made as of Saturday afternoon.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). By submitting your tip through Crime Stoppers, you could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and may remain anonymous.

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Dec 24, 2022 at 4:49 PM
  

UPDATE: One In Custody Following Triple Homicide

(December 11) Aurora Police Officers arrested one adult male for the triple homicide that occurred overnight.  

Christopher Martinez, 21 years-old, was arrested this morning at about 5:30 a.m. and will face three charges of first degree murder.  The charges will be filed into the Arapahoe County 18th Judicial District.  Martinez was initially contacted on the scene last night and is known to the victims.  

Chief Acevedo said, "this senseless violence is inexplicable.  Thanks to the efforts of our dedicated personnel, the suspect has been taken into custody and our community can breathe a collective sigh of relief.  Our hearts go out to the family of the victims."

The investigation is ongoing and Detectives ask anyone who has information to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and still may remain anonymous.

C. Martinez

Sergeant Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Information Previously Released

(December 10) The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes Homicide Unit is investigating a homicide in the Willow Park Neighborhood where three adults were found deceased.

At 5:15 p.m., officers responded to the 1500 block of South Evanston Street on a request for a welfare check. Officers arrived and did not locate anything suspicious and there was no exigency to force entry into the residence. Officers left the residence and notified family about their inability to force entry into the house.

Shortly before 7:00 p.m., family members arrived at that residence, went inside of the home, and discovered three unresponsive adults, two women and one man, inside of the house. They were found with possible gunshot wounds and other injuries and were pronounced deceased a short time later.  

All three will be identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after they are positively identified and their next of kin notified.

The circumstances leading up to the shooting are still under investigation and detectives are actively pursuing leads. No arrests had been made as of Saturday night.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and may remain anonymous.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by [email protected]  On Dec 11, 2022 at 8:48 AM
  
The Aurora Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred early Monday morning in District 2.

At 6:11 a.m., Aurora 911 received a call about a woman lying on the ground near the intersection of East Smith Road and North Sable Boulevard. When officers arrived, they learned the woman was deceased.

The woman, who has not yet been identified, had an apparent gunshot wound to the head. The woman’s identity and official cause and manner of death will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office following notification of next of kin.

Detectives with the Major Crimes Homicide Unit closed the intersection for several hours Monday to collect evidence. The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.

If you have any information about this shooting, please call Det. Knight at 303.739.6982 or Det. Graw at 303.739.6213. Investigators are interested in speaking with anyone who was in the area of East Smith Road and North Sable Boulevard between the hours of 4 and 6 a.m. Monday. 

Tips can also be made by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and may remain anonymous.

Joe Moylan
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Nov 28, 2022 at 2:22 PM
  
(November 12)  Major Crimes Homicide Unit Investigation is underway after a man was found dead on South Crystal Way.   

Officers were called to the 900 block of South Crystal Way after Aurora 911 received calls of shots fired around 3 a.m. this morning. When they arrived, they found 41-year-old male lying in the parking lot suffering from a fatal gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased on scene.

Investigators from the Major Crimes Homicide Unit (MCHU) responded to the scene and worked with officers to locate evidence and interview witnesses. This is an open investigation and no arrests have been made. Investigators are working to determine the facts and circumstances leading up to the shooting.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the deceased victim once he is positively identified and next of kin have been notified.

If you have any information about this shooting, please contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and may remain anonymous.

Sergeant Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by [email protected]  On Nov 12, 2022 at 1:48 PM
  
(November 4) An Aurora man has been arrested in connection with Thursday’s road rage incident involving a uniformed Aurora police officer.

Jaquey Talone Wyrick, 26, was arrested on suspicion of one count of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer.

Wyrick was the driver of a red Toyota Yaris who twice cut off an off-duty officer near a fast-food parking lot near the intersection of Mississippi Avenue and Chambers Road in Aurora. Wyrick then chased the officer to Interstate 225 where a 16-year-old male passenger fired multiple shots at the officer’s personal vehicle while driving south between Mississippi and Iliff.

The 16-year-old male later died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after barricading himself in a third-story apartment in the 1000 block of South Elkhart Way. The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after positive identification and notification of next of kin.

Aurora Police Department detectives are still investigating the incident and are interested in speaking with anyone who might have witnessed the shooting, which took place between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. on I-225 between Mississippi and Iliff. Investigators also want to speak with anyone who’s vehicle might have been damaged by gunfire during the incident.

If you have any information about this case, contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867).

Joe Moylan
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.435.5095

Booking photo
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Information previously released.

(November 3) A teenager died Thursday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound hours after shooting at a uniformed Aurora police officer during a road rage incident.

The incident began shortly after 8 a.m. in a fast-food parking lot near the intersection of Mississippi Avenue and Chambers Road in Aurora. An off-duty Aurora police officer was driving in her personal car in the parking lot after her shift when a red Toyota sedan exiting a drive-thru cut off the officer. The officer honked at the driver of the sedan.

The officer exited the parking lot, driving southbound on Chambers toward Mississippi. The driver of the red sedan drove across opposing lanes of traffic to again cut off the officer. The officer then drove westbound on Mississippi toward Interstate 225 with the red sedan chasing.

The officer pulled onto southbound I-225. While driving south between Mississippi and Iliff, the red sedan pulled up next to the officer’s driver’s side window. A front seat passenger rolled down the window, leaned halfway outside of the car and fired multiple rounds at the officer.

The officer was not injured during the shooting.

The officer noted the plate of the red sedan and called 911. Patrol officers responded to the registered address of the vehicle owner, which was located in the 1000 block of South Elkhart Way, near Mississippi Avenue and Sable Boulevard.

Patrol officers were able to positively identify the driver, a 26-year-old man, and took him into custody. The suspected shooter barricaded himself in a third-story apartment.

Patrol officers attempted to establish contact with the suspected shooter to negotiate his surrender, but those efforts were unsuccessful. At 10:24 a.m., in an effort to elicit a response and establish contact, officers fired a 40mm foam projectile against the siding of the apartment building. Shortly thereafter, a sound consistent with a gunshot was heard from inside the apartment.

The Aurora Police Department SWAT and Crisis Negotiations teams responded to the scene and for several hours made additional attempts to establish contact with the suspect. At 2:20 p.m., SWAT entered the apartment and discovered the suspect dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Early information indicates the suspect is a 16-year-old male.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after positive identification and notification of next of kin. The identity of the driver is not being released today due to the ongoing investigation.

From 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., southbound I-225 between Mississippi and Iliff was closed to search for ballistic evidence. Officers recovered several shell casings consistent with the weapon recovered from the apartment.

Joe Moylan
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Nov 04, 2022 at 11:36 AM
  
A 70-year-old Aurora woman died earlier this month from injuries she sustained in a vehicle versus pedestrian crash in central Aurora.

The crash was reported at 11:09 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14 at the intersection of East Mississippi Avenue and South Blackhawk Street. An investigation by the Aurora Police Traffic Section revealed the woman was walking north across Mississippi Avenue when she was struck by a Dodge Ram pickup that was driving south on Blackhawk Street and turning left onto Mississippi Avenue.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries. She died the following day at the hospital. The Aurora Police Department wasn’t notified about the fatality until Wednesday.

The driver of the pickup remained at the scene and cooperated with the initial investigation of the crash. Intoxication is not suspected as a contributing factor. The crash remains under investigation.

Anyone with any information or footage of the crash who hasn’t already spoken with investigators is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867).

This is the 39th traffic-related fatality for 2022.

Joe Moylan
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 30, 2022 at 10:02 AM
  
One man was arrested Thursday night following a fatal shooting outside a business in the Centretech neighborhood in central Aurora.

Lloyd Clifford Love, 35, of Aurora was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Aurora police officers initially responded at 7 p.m. to a report of a trespass in the 16800 block of Centretech Parkway. While officers were enroute to the scene, the call was upgraded to a report of a shooting somewhere on the property.

When officers arrived, they learned the shooting stemmed from a dispute between an employer and a former employee. Officers and EMS responders provided lifesaving measures, which unfortunately were unsuccessful and the victim was pronounced dead.

Additional officers responded and set up a perimeter to search for the known suspect, who left the scene before officers arrived. Aurora SWAT was in the area and responded to assist with the search for the suspect. Aurora officers were also joined by APD K9 officers and fugitive team and the Denver Police helicopter.

Officers and SWAT located a vehicle, performed a high-risk traffic stop, confirmed the suspect was a passenger in the car and arrested him without further incident.

If you have any information about this shooting, and did not speak to detectives on scene, you are asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and may remain anonymous.

Joe Moylan
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095

Lloyd Love Booking Photo
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 21, 2022 at 9:40 AM
  
(October 18) At about 11:49 p.m., on October 17th, 2022, Aurora Police Officers were called to the 7-11 at 599 South Airport Boulevard for a report of shots fired in the store. The clerk reported a male came into the store armed with a handgun and fired at least one round. As the male left the store, he got into a confrontation with another customer in the parking lot and more rounds were fired. Luckily, no one was injured. The male left the scene in a car. Officers gathered evidence and a description of the car the male was driving.

While on scene at the 7-11, officers learned the same male threatened someone with a gun at the Burger King across the street at 620 South Buckley Road prior to going to the 7-11.

At 00:01 a.m. Aurora911 began receiving calls from 18091 East Kentucky Avenue. The caller reported a male shot through the front door of the apartment. There were multiple people, including children inside. Thankfully, no one in the apartment was injured.

When officers arrived on scene, they saw the same car that left the 7-11. Additionally, the caller described the same male from the 7-11 and Burger King incidents. Officers set up a perimeter and began searching the area for the male. During that search, an officer located the male and the officer fired one round. No one was injured.

The male, identified as Eugene Demetrius Robertson, 38 years-old, was taken into custody and arrested on twelve counts of attempted murder, two counts of menacing, illegal discharge of a firearm, and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) for the 18th Judicial District responded and will be investigating this officer-involved shooting incident. The CIRT Team conducts independent, multi-agency investigations into officer-involved shootings that occur in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Elbert County.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.

E. Roberston booking photo

Sergeant Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit | Office of the Chief of Police
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 18, 2022 at 5:34 AM
  
(October 7) The Aurora Police Department's Traffic Section is investigating a fatal crash between a city of Aurora vehicle and a pedestrian that occurred at East 6th Avenue and Helena Street.

On October 7, 2022 at about 9:00 a.m., Aurora Police Officers and medical personnel were dispatched to the intersection of East 6th Avenue and North Helena Street on reports of a crash involving a pedestrian. A 66-year-old woman was found to have been struck by a 2015 Ford F-350 belonging to the city of Aurora’s water department. The woman was suffering from life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital. She was pronounced deceased a short time later.

The initial investigation has revealed that the woman was crossing East 6th Avenue, going from the north side of the roadway to the south, using the west crosswalk at the Helena Street intersection. The Ford F-350 was traveling northbound on Helena Street and was making a left turn onto East 6th Avenue and struck the woman. The driver of the F-350 remained on scene and showed no signs of impairment. Traffic Investigators were called to the scene to collect evidence, photographs and take measurements. At this time, the driver of the city of Aurora vehicle, a 28-year-old man, has not been cited for this crash. This investigation is ongoing, and while it does not appear that speed or alcohol were contributing factors, the employee voluntarily submitted to a blood draw analysis. Per standard city policy and federal requirements involving tragic accidents like these, city employees are immediately tested for drugs and alcohol at the city’s provider. The testing meets requirements set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The results are pending.

The identification of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once they have been positively identified and their next-of-kin have been notified.

Please contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section if you witnessed this crash or have dash-camera footage of the crash and have not yet spoken to investigators. Tipsters can anonymously report any information to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720.913. STOP (7867) or by going to MetroDenverCrimeStoppers.com.

This is the 36th traffic related fatality in the city in 2022.

“We’re extremely saddened by today’s incident,” stated Marshall Brown, General Manager for Aurora Water. “We’re fully cooperating with the investigation and extend our deepest condolences to the victim's family.”


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 07, 2022 at 4:37 PM
  
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