Aurora Police News
The Aurora Police News Blog was created in 2016 as a new way to share news and information from the Aurora Police Department with the community we serve. It is maintained by the staff of the Media Relations Unit.

Media Relations Unit Staff:

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-Commanding Officer
Agent Matthew Longshore-Public Information Officer
Officer Crystal McCoy-Public Information Officer

To reach a member of the Media Relations Unit call 720.432.5095 or email apdpio@auroragov.org. If you are a member of the public and you have a question, request, comment or concern, email ContactAPD@auroragov.org.

Colorado Criminal Justice Records (CCJRA) can be obtained by downloading and completing a CCJRA Request form and e-mailing it to APD-ORR@auroragov.org  If you have any questions you can call the APD Open Records Coordinator at 303.739.6267.    

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DISCLAIMER: Information is subject to change as case investigations proceed. Individuals arrested on the basis of probable cause have not been charged. All arrestees are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. 


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(April 6) On Tuesday, April 6th, 2021, at about 5:15 P.M., Aurora Police responded to a single vehicle crash on South Peoria Street near East Alameda Avenue.

Initial investigation reveals that an SUV was traveling southbound on South Peoria Street. The SUV appears to have lost control and struck a tree. The sole occupant of the vehicle, an adult male, was transported to an area hospital where he has been pronounced deceased. Investigators believe that weather was a contribution factor to this crash.

Traffic Unit Investigators will continue to investigate and attempt to reconstruct the scene to determine speeds and other contributing factors. At this time, we do not believe that alcohol was involved.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after positive identification and next-of-kin notifications.

We are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash, has dashcam footage, or if you have any information about this incident, please contact the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867).

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Apr 06, 2021 at 7:29 PM
  
On Monday, March 22nd, 2021, at approximately 05:15 a.m., District 2 Patrol Officers responded to a shooting at the Hometowne Suites located at 3705 North Chambers Road.

Officers located an adult male in a hotel room who had been shot. This male suffered fatal injuries and was declared deceased on scene. A juvenile male was detained after being located by officers nearby. His involvement is under investigation and his name will not be released at this time. No one has been arrested or charged in this incident and we are not looking for any outstanding suspects. This case is currently being investigated as a homicide by our Major Crimes Homicide Unit.

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

Anyone that has information about this case is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers, tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Mar 23, 2021 at 3:46 PM
  
On Sunday, March 21st, 2021, at approximately 10:00 a.m., District 1 Patrol Officers responded to a welfare check at Front Range Tire located at 3005 South Peoria Street.

Once on scene, officers located an adult male on the ground, next to the building. This male had obvious trauma injuries and was declared deceased on scene. The male was taken to the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office and an autopsy was completed. It has been determined that the male was shot multiple times which led to his death. This case is now classified as a homicide and will be investigated by our Major Crimes Homicide Unit. Because this is an active investigation, there is no additional information to share.

The name of the victim was released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after he was positively identified as Vincent Brown (09/16/1998).

We now need the public's assistance. Anyone who may have observed anything suspicious, or has information about this case, is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers, tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Mar 22, 2021 at 2:08 PM
  

(March 12) On Friday, March 12, 2021, at about 10:12 a.m., Aurora police officers responded to a traffic crash on southbound Interstate 225 just north of East Colfax Avenue.

The initial traffic investigation suggested a 44-year-old woman traveling southbound on Interstate 225 in a maroon Cadillac SUV experienced a medical episode and crashed.  Newly developed information has revealed a steel projectile, from an unknown origin, entered the Cadillac through the driver side window striking the driver, who was the sole occupant of the SUV. This caused the Cadillac to collide with another vehicle causing minor damage to that vehicle. The Cadillac continued on and collided with a concrete divider barrier.

The woman was transported to an area hospital where tragically she succumbed to her injuries. It is not yet clear if the woman died as a result of the crash into the concrete divider barrier, the injury sustained from the steel projectile or a combination of the two.  Alcohol, drugs nor speed were contributing factors of the crash.

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

We are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash, has dash cam footage, or if you have any information about this incident, please contact the 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 Mar 12, 2021 at 1:43 PM
  
On Wednesday March 3rd, 2021, at approximately 4:25p.m, District 1 Patrol Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Telegraph Hills II Condos, which are located in the 12000blk of E. Harvard Avenue in Southwest Aurora.

Upon arrival officers located an adult male in the parking lot who had been shot. He was transported to a local hospital where he tragically succumbed to his injuries.

This case is still an active investigation and at this time there is no additional information to share. Investigators believe this is an isolated incident and that there is no danger to the general public.

The name of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified.

Anyone with information about his case is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using crime stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Mar 03, 2021 at 9:12 PM
  
(February 24, 2021) On Monday February 22, 2021, at approximately 9:40 a.m., Aurora Police officers responded to assist Aurora Fire Rescue on a medical call at 17221 East Walsh Way.

Upon arrival officers located an adult male with an apparent gunshot wound inside the residence. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene to investigate a suspicious death. This investigation has since been upgraded to a homicide and is active and ongoing. At this time no arrests have been made, and it is believed this is an isolated incident posing no immediate risk to the general public.

The identity of the deceased was announced in a news release by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office on Wednesday February 24th, 2020 after he was positively identified, and his next-of-kin were notified. We have included their news release here.

Anyone with information about this homicide is encouraged to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) where tips are anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

CoronerHomicideRelease.pdf

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Feb 24, 2021 at 4:22 PM
  
(February 23) On Monday, February 22, 2021, at about 2:54 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to a traffic crash on East Exposition Avenue and South Havana Street.

The initial traffic investigation has revealed a commercial trash collection vehicle was stopped in a westbound lane of East Exposition Avenue waiting to make a turn into the northbound South Havana Street lanes of traffic. As the traffic light turned green the commercial trash collection vehicle made the right-hand turn. At this time an 85-year-old male on a bicycle began to cross South Havana Street westbound using the crosswalk and was struck by the commercial trash collection vehicle. The bicyclist was transported to an area hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries today, February 23, 2020.

The driver of the commercial trash collection vehicle remained on the scene and was cooperative. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be contributing factors to the accident.

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

We are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash, has dash cam footage, or if you have any information about this incident, please contact the 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 Feb 23, 2021 at 5:31 PM
  
This afternoon Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson terminated the employment of Officer Robert Lyons for untruthfulness and theft of city time.

Between August 3, 2020 and September 22, 2020, Officer Lyons left work early a total of nine days (34.25 hours) without receiving authorization from his supervisor. He also failed to document his time in the department's time management system as required by department directives.  When he was questioned by a supervisor about taking time off he was untruthful and stated that he had not taken any time off during that period.  

An Internal Affairs Bureau investigation was initiated and during his interview with investigators Officer Lyons admitted to being untruthful when he was questioned by his supervisor about the time off. 

During the discipline review process Officer Lyons was sustained for violating the following Department Directives:

14.2.15 Unsatisfactory Performance
8.2.3 Request for Leave
14.2.2 Making a False or Untruthful Declaration

Chief Wilson's Statement:

“A police officer who chooses to be dishonest forfeits their credibility and becomes ineffective to the judicial system, our police department and the community we serve.

My commitment to rebuild trust with our community will not tolerate such deceptive conduct of an officer who has been given the privilege to wear this badge.

It is disappointing to learn an officer has betrayed their oath. I want to reassure the community I will continue to hold our members accountable for their actions while also recognizing the majority who display unwavering integrity each and every day.”

Officer Lyons was hired in 2017 and was last assigned to District 2 Patrol.  He has had no previous formal discipline. 

Internal Affairs Investigation Summary of Evidence
Disciplinary Order

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Feb 17, 2021 at 4:32 PM
  

(February 14) On Friday, January 22, 2021, at approximately 12:34 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to a homicide on North Beeler Street and East Colfax Avenue where one adult male was found dead.

The Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is announcing the arrest of Jerome Deshun Johnson (DOB: 10/11/1986). Johnson was arrested on Friday February 12, 2021 and has been charged with Colorado Revised Statute 18-3-102 Murder in the First Degree in relation to this homicide. The booking photo for Johnson has been provided with this news release.

This homicide is being prosecuted by the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and any additional media inquiries should be directed there.

We continue to encourage anyone with information about this homicide to call Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) where tips are anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
DJ



(January 22, 2021) On Friday January 22, 2021, at approximately 12:34 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to the southeast corner of North Beeler Street and East Colfax Avenue on multiple reports of a shooting.

Upon arrival officers located an adult male with an apparent gunshot wound in a vehicle. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating to gain more information on a suspect(s) and what led up to the fatal shooting.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office after he has been positively identified, and his next-of-kin have been notified.  

Anyone with information about this homicide is encouraged to call Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) where tips are anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Feb 14, 2021 at 8:54 PM
  
This afternoon Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson terminated the employment of Officer Robert Rosen for using excessive force during an arrest.

On August 10, 2020 Officer Rosen responded to the King Soopers store located at 6412 South Parker Road to assist a fellow officer who was in contact with an uncooperative man who he was attempting to arrest for trespassing.  The officer who was requesting assistance was on the ground with the man who was passively resisting by laying on his stomach and keeping his arms underneath him.  When Officer Rosen arrived he briefly tried to get the man's arm out without giving any verbal orders. He then escalated the situation by punching the man multiple times in his ribs.  He deployed his Taser a total of five times, for a total of 27 seconds in a two minute period.  During the arrest Officer Rosen never attempted any lesser means of force nor did he make any attempts to deescalate the situation in accordance with Aurora Police training.

The man received minor injuries during the arrest, he was released to paramedics who transported him to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.

In accordance with Department Directives a use of force investigation was immediately initiated by a patrol supervisor who reported and documented his concerns about Officer Rosen's actions. This incident was then reviewed by the department's Force Review Board who recommended that it be investigated by the Internal Affairs Bureau for potential directive violations.  

During the Use of Force and Internal Affairs Investigation it was discovered that Officer Rosen had failed to activate his body worn camera when he arrived on scene and failed to document his justifications for each use of force that he used during the arrest.  During the discipline review process Officer Rosen was sustained for violating the following Department Directives:

5.3:  Use of Physical Force
14.2.15: Unsatisfactory Performance
16.4.3: Body Worn Camera Operation
5.8.10: Taser
14.1.1 Lawful Orders

The District Attorney's Office for the 18th Judicial District completed a criminal review of this incident resulting in no criminal charges being filed against Officer Rosen.

“Members of the Aurora Police Department have been working tirelessly to rebuild trust in our community and I want to thank those officers who do it right everyday. The actions of Mr. Rosen were in direct contradiction of those efforts," said Chief Vanessa Wilson. “The poor decisions he made that day do not meet the high standards that the community and I expect from my officers.”

Mr. Rosen was hired in 2017 and was last assigned to District 3 Patrol. In 2020 Officer Rosen received a 10 hour suspension for Lawful Orders.

Internal Affairs Investigation Summary of Evidence
Order of Discipline

In the interest of transparency we are releasing the body worn camera footage which shows the vantage point of the original officer on scene.  


WARNING:  This body worn camera footage may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Feb 11, 2021 at 4:18 PM
  
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