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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The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Parker Road leaving one pedestrian dead.

At around 10:30 p.m. a large white pick-up truck was traveling south on Parker Road near South Peoria Street.  The pick-up truck struck a 56-year-old male who was crossing the roadway.  The driver of the pick-up truck did not stop and continued driving on Parker Road towards I-225. 

The victim was transported to a local hospital where, unfortunately, he succumbed to his injures.  The name of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once next of kin have been notified. 

This investigation is in the early stages and is ongoing. We are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash, has dash camera footage, or has any information about this incident, to please contact the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) or reach out to the Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit.

Agent Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by fgoodric@auroragov.org  On Aug 12, 2020 at 10:14 AM
  
CORRECTION: It was originally reported that this incident occurred on Joplin Circle, that information was incorrect, it actually occurred on Jasper Circle.  We apologize for the error.  There are no new updates to report on this case at this time.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer 
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


(Information originally released on August 9, 2020)

Shortly after midnight the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at an apartment home in the 200 block of South Joplin Circle in the Centre Pointe Neighborhood.

Upon arrival officers found an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound, he was pronounced at the scene. Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded and are actively investigating this case which is in it's early stages.  No information about what lead up to this shooting or details about the suspect(s) are available at this time.

The identity 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 about his death.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000. 
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Aug 10, 2020 at 1:27 PM
  
The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section is investigating an Auto Vs. Pedestrian Crash that occurred on East Arapahoe Road Saturday night.

At around 10:00p.m. a Chevy sedan was traveling Eastbound in the far right lane of the 14700 block of East Arapahoe Road. The vehicle struck an adult male who was walking in the lanes of traffic.  That section of roadway was not illuminated by street lights at the time of the accident.  The male pedestrian was pronounced at the scene. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

The name of the pedestrian is not being released at this time and will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Officer once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified of his death.

The investigation into the cause of this crash is in it's early stages and is on-going. Any witnesses who did not stop and remain at the scene are asked to contact the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Aug 09, 2020 at 1:03 AM
  
This afternoon Chief Wilson terminated the employment of Officer Javen Harper.

On October 17th, 2019, a supervisor smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Officer Harper’s breath. Following department protocols at the time, a preliminary breathalyzer was administered which found that his breath alcohol content was .059. The breath test was followed up by a blood draw which showed that his blood alcohol content at the time of the draw was .035.

After the completion of the Internal Affairs Bureau investigation the case was reviewed by a discipline review board and the Independent Review Board (IRB). Officer Harper was sustained for violating three department directives. After reviewing all the facts and circumstances regarding this case Chief Wilson made the decision to terminate his employment.

Officer Harper joined the Aurora Police Department in 2002 and was assigned to the Traffic Section. During the time of this incident he was on restricted duty and not armed.

“Since my appointment as Interim Chief, and now as the newly appointed Chief of Police, I have pledged to hold my officers accountable for their actions,” said Chief Wilson. “Being transparent regarding issues of officer misconduct is paramount for rebuilding trust and legitimacy with our community.”

IA Investigation Summary Report

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Aug 04, 2020 at 9:54 PM
  

(August 1st, 2020) At about 1:06 P.M. this afternoon, Aurora Police Officers were called to the 1700 Block of North Beeler Street on reports of a shooting.

When officers arrived on scene, which was actually located on Boston Street, they found an adult male in a vehicle suffering from at least one fatal gunshot wound.  Medical was summoned to the scene but unfortunately, the male was pronounced deceased. 

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

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating. It is very early in the investigation and it is unknown what led up to the shooting.  There is no suspect information at this time.  

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call our Homicide Unit at 303.739.6077 or they can remain anonymous by contacting 
Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Agent Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095

Posted by fgoodric@auroragov.org  On Aug 01, 2020 at 3:46 PM
  
UPDATE: After positively identifying the male responsible for shooting two other protesters on Interstate 225, we now have a signed arrest warrant for the shooter. The arrest warrant was applied for through the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. After the warrant application was accepted by the District Attorney's Office, a judge signed the arrest warrant based on the facts and probable cause provided.

The male has been positively identified as Samuel Young (07/08/1997). His warrant was for four (4) counts of Attempted Homicide. Samuel Young is the person of interest previously released.

Samuel Young has just been taken into custody by Aurora Police. A booking photo will be available at a later time.

We are still urging anyone with pictures or videos that show the actions of the Jeep driver, prior to driving through the group of protesters, to reach out to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers. We also need any eyewitnesses of this incident to contact Sgt. Jeff Longnecker of the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit for an interview. The Aurora Police Department continues to investigate other incidents of violence during the protest march on the highway.
 

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Information Previously Released July 27

(July 27th, 2020) UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who submitted their tips. We have positively identified this male. 

We will not be releasing his identity at this time but are hopeful to have additional information later today.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095


Information Previous Released July 26

(July 26th, 2020) UPDATE: Through pictures provide to us from a witness, this male is considered a person of interest in the shooting of two people on Interstate 225.

We are seeking any information regarding this males identity. 

If you recognize this male, or have any information about his actions yesterday, please contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867).

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Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095


Information Previously Released July 26th

(July 26, 2020) On July 25, 2020, at approximately 6:35 P.M., protesters began to walk northbound on Interstate 225 from East Alameda Parkway.

Around 7:00 P.M. Aurora Police observed, from a media helicopter, a Jeep that was traveling northbound on I-225 heading towards the protesters. The Jeep then drives into the crowd. While the Jeep was being driven through the crowd, multiple shots were fired by a protester. At this time it is unknown if multiple people fired their weapons, or if it was just one individual. Also, there have been no reported injuries reported to us about anyone being hit by this vehicle.

Two people were struck by gunfire. One adult male was shot in the leg and had to be transported to the hospital by ambulance. Another adult male was shot in the head, only causing a graze wound. He was transported to the hospital by a private vehicle.

The Jeep continued northbound on I-225, eventually exiting the interstate at East 6th Avenue. The driver pulled over at E. 6th Ave and Billings Street when he located officers who were investigating a separate, unrelated crash at that location. The driver was positively identified, questioned, and the Jeep was impounded for evidentiary purposes.

During preliminary interviews with the Jeep driver, he advised officers that while on I-225, his vehicle began to be surrounded by protesters who were yelling and striking his vehicle. He also claims that a white pickup truck struck the front of his vehicle. He claims that the reason that he drove towards the protesters is because he was scared and trying to get away.

Detectives are in contact with the shooting victims who might have captured pictures or videos of the incident. One of the victims remains hospitalized with his injuries.

We are seeking the public’s assistance. We need any pictures, videos, or eyewitness accounts that show the events leading up to the Jeep driving into the crowd. Those can be submitted to Denver Metro Crime Stoppers.

We are also seeking pictures, videos, and eyewitnesses who observed the shooting. We are actively working to identify the shooter(s) responsible for shooting into a crowd and injuring two people. Those tips can also be submitted to Denver Metro Crime Stoppers.

The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes Unit spent time today at the incident scene investigating and searching for evidence. This investigation temporarily closed the lanes of northbound I-225 and we thank motorists for their patience today. The event organizers have not yet reached out to detectives, therefore this is the reason we are seeking the public's assistance. If anyone has information to share, tipsters who contact Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Once all of the evidence is gathered, this case will be presented to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for criminal culpability.

Please see the following statement from Chief Wilson:
“I not only find great concern with someone making the decision to drive their vehicle toward protesters on the interstate but that someone in the protester group opened fire, recklessly shooting two people.

We will be working with our District Attorney to discuss appropriate charges for the driver as well as working tirelessly to identify the shooter(s) on the interstate.

Any witnesses are urged to report what they saw to Denver Metro Crime Stoppers.”


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jul 27, 2020 at 10:28 PM
  

WHAT:  Protest Event
WHEN:  Saturday July 25, 2020
WHERE:  15001 East Alameda Parkway
                  
AURORA, Colorado -
 Having a peaceful demonstration is most meaningful when everyone chooses to be respectful, law-abiding, and civil.  It’s equally important to realize everyone has a right to lawfully assemble, and Colorado law prohibits disrupting a lawful assembly.  The goal with this advisory is to provide helpful information for those planning on attending the protest at the Aurora Police Department (APD) Headquarters Saturday July 25, 2020.

Free Speech is Important: The APD values citizens’ free speech rights.  Freedom of Speech includes a variety of expressive words, printed words, and expressive conduct. However, there are limits. For example, “Fighting Words,” or words that are inherently likely to provoke a violent reaction or a breach of the peace through retaliation, are not protected by the First Amendment.  Additionally, criminal conduct, such as theft and destruction of another’s property or physical assault of another person, and trespassing is not protected by the First Amendment.  We ask for the public’s help in ensuring that the event remains a place for free speech and lawful activity.

To Get Information Day-Of:  APD will be using Twitter for messaging to the public and media. To receive those messages please follow us on Twitter at the @AuroraPD profile.

If You See Something, Say Something: We ask members of the public, to constantly be aware of their surroundings, and immediately report any safety concerns. You can do so by calling dispatch at 303-627-3100. At any time during the event, if there is a life-threatening emergency, please call 911. Otherwise, the non-emergency number is 303-627-3100 for police and fire assistance.  Some police reports can be filed online at any time by clicking HERE

Facilities:  All buildings on the Aurora Municipal Center Campus will be closed to the public on July 25th, 2020. Attendees should plan accordingly for simple first aid needs, weather, hydration, and food.

Excessive Noise:  Please be advised the use of using bullhorns, noisemakers, and like devices cause actual physical pain, or bodily injury, to attendees, which is unlawful.

Safety and Officer Conduct:  Our officers are there to ensure the safety of those attending the event. If an officer contacts you, please remain cordial and comply with any orders the officer may have given you.  If you have concerns, questions or compliments you can relay that information to www.AuroraPolice.com. To ensure everyone’s safety the following additional regulations will be in effect:

Sticks poles, pipes, bats or similar objects will not be permitted. 

  • Sticks being used as supports for signs, posters, banners or flags may only be permitted under all of the following conditions:
    • They are attached and remain attached to a sign, poster, banner or flag at all times.
    • They are made of wood. No metal, PVC, glass, or other material allowed for sign supports.
    • They are 40" or less in length.
    • They are blunt on each end. No sharp supports are allowed.

Violation of these rules will be grounds to deny access or removal from the protest area, and refusal to leave will be a violation of Aurora Municipal Code (AMC) 94-71, Trespass

Drones: The publics use of Drones are not permitted at this event. 

Accident Alert and Priority Dispatch: During this event APD will be on accident alert and priority dispatch protocol from noon until the event is over due to limited police resources. If you are involved in an accident during this time that involve any of the following:

·         Injuries

·         Hit-and-Run

·         DUI involving alcohol and/or drugs

·         One or more vehicles are not drivable

·         One driver does not have proof of insurance

Please call 303-627-3100 for an officer to respond. All other traffic accidents should be filed online by clicking HERE or you can respond to the APD headquarters lobby located at 15001 East Alameda Parkway with all involved drivers the following day to complete the accident report. 

Priority dispatch means APD will only respond to in-progress calls where life is in danger, and all other calls for service will potentially have significantly extended wait times for a response.  We understand this is frustrating, but we appreciate your patience.

Dispersal Orders: As a last resort, APD may have to give dispersal orders to the crowd and will do so in both English and Spanish. This will only occur when there is a clear and present danger of immediate threat to safety. 

Please follow all orders immediately and peacefully while evacuating the area. If a dispersal order is given, all attendees will be given directions on a safe route to leave the area. 

Media:  The media can use the below phone number and email address for incident response inquiries, and interview requests:
720-432-5095
APDPIO@Auroragov.org

Our number one priority is ensuring the safety of those attending the event and our officers. The Aurora Police Department respects and upholds the constitutional rights of our community including the right to express and exercise free speech.  We will continue to balance these rights with the protection of property, safety and life.  We appreciate the community’s partnership in this regard and encourage everyone to remain peaceful and civil.

Agent Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by fgoodric@auroragov.org  On Jul 24, 2020 at 3:33 PM
  
On July 23, 2020, around 10:50 P.M., Aurora Police Officers and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to the intersection of Gun Club Road and South Picadilly Street on reports of a vehicle crash.

When officers arrived on scene, they located 2 people who had been ejected from an SUV. Both of those individuals, one whom is an adult female and the other an adult male, were pronounced deceased on scene. Their identities will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroners Office after positive identification and notification of next-of-kin.

Initial investigation shows that the SUV was traveling westbound on Gun Club Road, at a high rate of speed, when it lost control. The vehicle then began to roll, ejecting both occupants, and eventually comes to rest after striking a power line and causing damage to that pole.

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) or reach out to the Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jul 24, 2020 at 2:46 AM
  
On July 23, 2020, at 9:12 P.M., Aurora Police Officers and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to a crash at East Hampden Avenue and South Kalispell Street.

Initial investigation reveals that a black Ford Mustang was traveling westbound on East Hampden Avenue. An adult male was riding his bicycle and was going northbound on South Kalispell Street. It is unknown at this time who had the right-of-way. The bicycle was struck while in the crosswalk area and the driver and vehicle involved remained on scene. At this time, it does not appear that speed or alcohol was a factor.

Investigators for our Traffic Unit will attempt to reconstruct the scene to determine speeds and other contributing factors of the crash. The identity of the deceased male will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after positive identification and next-of-kin notification.

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) or reach out to the Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jul 23, 2020 at 10:44 PM
  
Mugshot of the suspect from this morning's Manslaughter case at the Bella Terra Apartments 

Abiel Vigil
PHOTO: Abdiel Vigil (DOB: 04/17/1982)

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Information originally released on July 14th, 2020

On July 13th at around 11:25p.m. Aurora Police responded to a report of a shooting at the Bella Terra Apartments located at 15400 East Evans Avenue. 

Upon arrival officers found an adult male in a breezeway of one of the apartment building suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injury.  An adult male acquaintance who was with the victim at the time of the shooting, Abdiel Vigil (DOB: 04/17/1982) was taken into custody at the scene.

The preliminary investigation into this shooting found that Vigil and the victim were playing with a gun owned by Vigil, the gun discharged striking the victim in the chest and killing him.  

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

Vigil was arrested for Manslaughter (Colorado Revised Statue 18-3-104) and is being held on a $25,000 bond. Once he has been booked into the Aurora Detention Center a mugshot will be available for release. 

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Jul 14, 2020 at 3:01 PM
  
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