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 Faith Goodrich-Public Information Officer
Officer Crystal McCoy-Public Information Officer
Officer Matthew Longshore-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.

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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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On 05/03/20 at 6:12 P.M. Officers were dispatched to a two vehicle accident involving a 2013 Kia sedan and a 2014 BMW SUV at E. Yale Ave and S. Vaughn Way. It appears the BMW is at- fault attempting to pass the KIA in on-coming traffic lanes, sideswiping the KIA killing the driver of the KIA. Several occupants of the vehicle fled the scene and were apprehended in the area. Investigation is on-going through the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations. Identity of the Kia driver is not being released at this time pending identification by the Arapahoe Coroner's office. It appears drugs may be involved. Arapahoe County Coroner advised.

Sergeant G Garcia  
Aurora Police Traffic Unit
Day shift
303-739-6293
Posted by ggarcia@auroragov.org  On May 03, 2020 at 9:16 PM
  

On April 14th at 14:15 PM, Aurora Police and Fire-Rescue responded to a crash at E. Mexico Ave and S. Chambers Rd. There they found two vehicles collided into each other. The at-fault driver veered into a light pole at the location and was found unconscious at the scene .  The adult female driver was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced.  

The Aurora Police Traffic Unit responded for the investigation.  Evidence indicates that the deceased female was not wearing a seatbelt,  

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this crash. Her identity will be released at a later time. 

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will assist in determining the identity after family notifications have been made.

Sergeant Greg Garcia
Aurora Police Department Traffic Investigations
6 N. Abilene St.
Aurora, CO 80011
303-739-6243
ccarleto@auroragov.org

Posted by ggarcia@auroragov.org  On Apr 14, 2020 at 5:52 PM
  

(April 14th, 2020) UPDATE:  The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office issued a press release today, April 14th, 2020 identifying the deceased as Sir'Sedric Donavan Gregg DOB 12/10/2001.  

Donovan Anthony Brown DOB 04/28/1999 was arrested on April 12th 2020 at the scene of the incident for Second Degree Murder (Colorado Revised Statute 18-3-103(1).  The homicide will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office and we ask that any further media inquires related to this investigation be directed to their office.  

The investigation remains ongoing and as such, we will not be releasing the booking photograph at this time.  We continue to urge anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide to please call Aurora Police Agent Ingui at 303-739-6067.  Tipsters can also 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.

Agent Faith Goodrich
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

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Information previously released on April 13th, 2020

On April 12th, 2020 at around 8:26p.m. the Aurora Police Department Public Safety Communications Center received several reports of an unknown problem and then a shooting at the Sonoma Resort Apartments (22300 Block of East Ontario Drive) which is located in the Saddle Rock Neighborhood in Southeast Aurora. 

Upon arrival, officers located an adult male inside of an apartment suffering from a gunshot wound.  The victim succumb to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.  The suspect, who had originally fled the crime scene, later returned and was taken into custody. 

The is still an active investigation and investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit are working to determine what lead to the shooting and death of the victim.  His identity will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified. The name of the suspect and his charges will be released at a later time.  

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Matt Ingui at 303.739.6067.  

Lt. Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Apr 14, 2020 at 4:15 PM
  
On April 11, 2020 at approximately 10:08p.m., officers from the Aurora Police Department were dispatched to a report of an unknown problem at the Amber Apartments, which is located at 1945 Peoria Street in North Aurora. 

Upon arrival officers found a man and woman inside of an apartment on the 5th floor who had been stabbed. Both were transported to a local hospital where the woman later succumb to her injuries. The males injuries are non-life threatening and he is expected to survive. 

At this time no one is in custody; however this incident is believe to be isolated and there is no immediate threat to the community.

The identity of the female victim will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office once she has been positively identified and next of kin have been notified.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Warren Miller with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6117. 

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Apr 12, 2020 at 1:58 AM
  
(04-06-2020) On March 17th, 2020, Officer Jaired Dozier was involved in an off-duty crash where alcohol was involved in Colorado Springs. Since this time, Officer Dozier has been on restricted duty. An internal affairs investigation was initiated into the incident.

Today, I have made the decision to terminate Officer Dozier, effective immediately. Officer Dozier began working at the Aurora Police Department in February of 2019. He graduated the academy in August of 2019. He was a probationary employee, which means my decision is final and cannot be appealed.

Officer Dozier’s actions do not reflect the professionalism of those who wear this uniform and someone who should represent this organization. Since taking over as Aurora’s Interim Police Chief, I promised that I would not stand for or allow behavior like this in our agency. Our officers continue to be out in our community, every single day, during this unprecedented time. Their hard work and dedication should not be overshadowed with this one officers decisions he made while off-duty.

Thank you,

Interim Chief Vanessa Wilson
Aurora Police Department
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Apr 06, 2020 at 3:05 PM
  
On March 26, 2020 at approximately 8:19p.m. officers from the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a shooting in the area of East 30th Avenue and North Xanadu Street in the Morris Heights Neighborhood.

Upon arrival officers located an adult male in the roadway who had been shot.  He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injury. 

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 Adams County Coroner's Office once the victim has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified. 

Anyone with information about his case is asked to call Agent Lampson with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6013. Tipsters can also 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.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Mar 26, 2020 at 11:10 PM
  

On March 10th at 11:54 PM, Aurora Police and Fire-Rescue responded to a crash on the 1300 block of South Chambers Circle.  There they found a 2008 Saab sedan had crashed into a parked cable company work van.  The adult female driver and male occupant of the Saab self-extricated after the crash.  Both parties were transported to a local hospital. The male later died from injuries sustained in the crash.  

The Aurora Police Traffic Unit responded for the investigation.  Evidence indicates that the Saab was southbound on S. Chambers Cir., when it swerved off the right side of the road and into the parked van. 

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash.  As a result, the driver was arrested for Vehicular Homicide.  Her identity will be released at a later time. 

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will assist in determining the exact cause of death of the victim and release his identity after family notifications have been made.

Sergeant Chris Carleton
Aurora Police Department Traffic Investigations
6 N. Abilene St.
Aurora, CO 80011
303-739-6243
ccarleto@auroragov.org

Posted by ccarleto@auroragov.org  On Mar 11, 2020 at 6:46 AM
  

A motorcycle was eastbound E Quincy Ave in the right lane when a Westbound Quincy Ave Hyundai sedan made a left turn to southbound Pitkin St. The motorcycle impacted the passenger side of the Hyundai ejecting the adult male rider of the motorcycle.  The adult rider of the motorcycle was pronounced at the scene.

 The adult male driver of the Hyundai was not injured and remained on scene for the investigation.

 The roadway was closed for eastbound Quincy traffic and both northbound/southbound Pitkin at Quincy traffic for the investigation.
Speed appears to be a factor
We are not releasing the name of the deceased until family is notified.  Further inquiries should be made to the Arapaho County Coroner's Office. 

Sgt. Gregory Garcia
Aurora Police Dept.
Traffic Section
720-675-8915

Posted by ggarcia@auroragov.org  On Mar 10, 2020 at 3:03 PM
  
(02-24-2020) Upon numerous requests, the officer who was terminated is Officer Levi Huffine. Officer Huffine began working at the Aurora Police Department in November of 2012. 

It should be noted that this incident is not related to the critical incident involved Mr. Elijah McClain nor the case of Nate Meier.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Aurora Police Department
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095


Information previously released ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
(02-24-2020) From the moment I took over as Aurora’s Interim Police Chief, I promised transparency to our residents to help build back the trust within our community. Continuing with that promise, I wanted to let you know of my decision today to terminate one of our police officers, over what I believe to be severe misconduct. This officer’s conduct was completely out of character with the mission, ideals, and expectations of the Aurora Police Department.

It should be noted that there were no serious injuries as a result of this incident but that neither excuses nor defends the officer’s actions.

Due to a pending appeals process that is given to civil service employees, I am unable to provide additional details or information about this incident until that process has been completed. At such time, I will make the body worn camera footage available and address questions from our community members.

Thank you,

Interim Chief Vanessa Wilson
Aurora Police Department
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Feb 24, 2020 at 4:45 PM
  

(February 19, 2020) On Wednesday February 19, 2020 at about 11:20 a.m., Aurora Police Department Officers in the area of East Mississippi Avenue and North Sable Boulevard saw a pickup truck and recognized that it was stolen in a burglary yesterday.  The keys were taken from an unsecured locker at the Morehead Recreation Center.  

Officers in an unmarked patrol vehicle observed a stolen vehicle in the area.  As officers were investigating the stolen vehicle it was involved in a crash.  Officers had not yet initiated a traffic stop, nor were they in pursuit.
The officers began to follow the vehicle without turning on their lights and sirens because they were in an unmarked car.  The driver of the stolen pickup, a 2010 Toyota Tacoma, ran the red light at East 6th Avenue and North Sable Boulevard.  The pickup truck struck an RTD bus, another pickup truck, and an Aurora City Parks and Recreation vehicle.    The Aurora Officers did not turn on their lights and siren to make a traffic stop before the driver accelerated.  

The stolen pickup truck rolled, striking a power box, and came to rest in the ditch just north of E. 6th Avenue and N. Dillon Way.  There were seven juvenile passengers in the stolen pickup truck.  Aurora Fire Rescue and Falk Ambulance responded to the scene.  Multiple people had to be extricated from the stolen pickup truck.  In total, there were nine people injured: seven minor injuries, one serious, and one critical.    

The damage to the power box has caused power outages in the area.  

The intersection was closed for a period of time while officers were investigating this incident.  

Aurora Police Department Traffic Investigators are handling this investigation which is ongoing.  It will be some time before appropriate charges are determined.  The names of those involved are not being released at this time. 

Agent Faith R. Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by fgoodric@auroragov.org  On Feb 19, 2020 at 4:35 PM
  
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