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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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(June 22, 2020) On Monday, June 22, 2020, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Denver police officers were following an armed carjacking suspect in a vehicle which led them into the city of Aurora. The carjacking originated in the area of East 48th Avenue and North Chambers Road.

The suspect drove the carjacked vehicle into the area of East 35th Place and Abilene Street when the suspect exited and began walking eastbound on East 35th Place. The Aurora Police Department was requested to respond to the area, emergent, to assist the Denver Police Department. The suspect was still armed with a handgun, was wearing a full-faced mask, and was being given clear, loud, verbal commands to drop his weapon. The suspect refused to drop his weapon and instead decided to raise it towards the officers. There was one Aurora Police Officer and five Denver Police Officers who fired their weapons. The suspect was pronounced deceased on scene shortly afterwards.

There were no injuries to any Aurora Police Officers nor Denver police officers and no members of the public were injured as a result of this incident.  Any further requests for information related to the involved Denver police officers should be directed to the Denver Police Department Public Affairs Office. Any inquires relating to the officer-involved shooting investigation will be directed to our agency. All involved uniformed officers were wearing their department issued body worn cameras.

In accordance with Senate Bill 15-219 members of the Aurora Police Department, Denver Police Department, and the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will investigate this officer-involved shooting.  Once this investigation is completed, it will then be presented to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for a 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 please contact Agent Frederickson at 303.739.6106 or by reaching out to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jun 22, 2020 at 4:58 PM
  

(February 6, 2020) - On January 28, 2019, the Force Review board (FRB) convened to review the Elijah McClain critical incident in accordance with directive 3.3.7. The Force Review Board (FRB) consists of a body of sworn officers that reviews incidents involving an officer’s use of any weapon to overcome a subject’s resistance, or when a subject is injured by an officer’s application of force which requires medical treatment.  Additionally, the FRB can convene to review any incidents deemed necessary by the Aurora Police Department Executive staff.  The FRB reviews these cases for compliance with applicable state statues and department directives, as well as any training deficiencies.

Based on all the available information the FRB concluded that the officers were called to the area to investigate a suspicious person.  Officers had a lawful reason to contact Mr. McClain.  The force applied during the altercation to include the carotid control hold and the force applied during the altercation was within policy and consistent with training. 

“The loss of Mr. McClain’s life is tragic, and we continue to offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all those impacted by this loss.“ -Chief Vanessa Wilson

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department

720.432.5095


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:

Press Conference Packet

BWC video

November 22, 2019 Press Conference

911 Call


Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095


PRESS CONFERENCE: Update on Elijah McClain Critical Incident

WHAT: Press Conference Addressing the Elijah McClain Critical Incident

WHEN: Friday, November 22, 2019 7:00 P.M.

WHERE: Aurora Police Headquarters, 15001 East Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO

WHO: Chief of Police, Nick Metz and Aurora Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Stephen McInerny

CONTACT: Officer Tony Camacho, Public Information Officer for the Aurora Police Department
(720) 432-5095

Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz and Aurora Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Stephen McInerny will be providing updates and answering questions on the August 24th Critical Incident involving Elijah McClain.

The conference will be held in a secure location inside of Police Headquarters. The media is asked to arrive no later than 6:30 P.M. through the main lobby of Police Headquarters. Please call the on-call PIO number when you arrive and a representative of the Media Relations Unit will then escort you into the building.

Members of the media who plan on attending, please RVSP to apdpio@auroragov.org no later than Friday, November 22, 2019 by 6:00 P.M.

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095


UPDATE:  We fully understand the need for transparency throughout this entire investigation and we can appreciate the seriousness of this matter. Last week, at the invitation of the Chief of Police, members of Mr. McClain’s family heard the 911 call and viewed body worn camera videos from this incident. We continue to offer our deepest condolences to Mr. McClain’s family and friends during this very difficult time.


From the beginning, Chief Metz ordered an investigation at the level consistent with officer-involved shootings pursuant to Senate Bill 15-219 by having a multi-agency team comprised of members from the Denver Police Department, Aurora Police Department and the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. That investigation continues.


On August 24, 2019 at 10:32 p.m. the Aurora Police Department received a 911 call where the called described a “suspicious person”. The caller reported an adult male was walking on Billings Street near East Colfax Avenue, wearing a ski mask and flailing his arms at the caller.


Officers arrived in the area and contacted a male still wearing a ski mask, later identified as Elijah McClain. The male began to resist the officer contact, a struggle then ensued, and he was taken into custody. Aurora Fire Rescue administered a standard medication to reduce Mr. McClain’s agitation. He was then transported to a local hospital where tragically he died days later.


The Adams County Coroner’s Office report is not yet completed and is a key component to providing much needed information to this investigation. Once their report is finished, the Coroner’s Office will be the ones who release those results. It will be included in the case that is then presented to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for review.


No further comment will be provided by the Aurora Police Department to protect the integrity of the investigation and review by the District Attorney’s office.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095

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Information previously released on 08/26/2019:

On August 24, 2019 at 10:32 p.m. the Aurora Police Department received a “suspicious person” call. The caller reported an adult male was walking on Billings Street near East Colfax Avenue, wearing a ski mask and waving his arms at the caller.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted a male wearing a ski mask. The male would not stop walking down the street from the officer. The male resisted contact, a struggle ensued, and he was taken into custody. Due to the level of physical force applied while restraining the subject and his agitated mental state, officers requested Aurora Fire Rescue (AFR) and Falck Ambulance respond to render professional medical attention.

According to AFR, consistent with their accepted protocol, a standard medication routinely utilized to reduce agitation was administered and reduced the exhibited anxiety. Several minutes later during the transport to the hospital the patient suffered a cardiac arrest and lifesaving measures were initiated. He regained a pulse and is currently being treated at a local hospital.

The Aurora PD Victim Services Unit assisted in locating the family and taking them to the hospital. They are providing support as the investigation continues.

During this event, officers were using their issued body worn cameras. Because of the critical nature of this incident, it is being investigated by the APD Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and members of the Denver Police Department to ensure a fair and transparent investigation into the events of that night.

The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office responded to the scene that evening and will review the investigation when it is completed.

We are asking anyone with information about this case to please contact Agent M. Ingui at 303-739-6067.
Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Jun 22, 2020 at 12:27 PM
  
Members of the Media,

Starting today, the Media Relations Unit will assume all public information (PIO) duties for the Aurora Police Department Traffic Section.  Members of the media are asked to call the Media Relations Unit and not the on-call Traffic Section number for inquires on all traffic related cases or story ideas related to crashes, DUI cases, traffic enforcement and safety.

Media Relations Unit contact information:

720.432.5095
apdpio@auroragov.org

Please feel free to reach out to a PIO with an questions about this change.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Jun 22, 2020 at 10:31 AM
  
(June 19, 2020) This evening at approximately 8:37 p.m. Aurora Police Department officers responded to multiple reports of a shooting at a Juneteenth celebration being held at the Rocky Ridge Park located at 16200 East Mississippi Avenue.

Upon officer’s arrival they located a 17-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries this evening.

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.

Currently we believe this was an isolated incident between the victim and the suspect(s) no longer posing an immediate threat to the general public. No one is currently in custody, but investigators are working diligently to identify any and all suspect(s) responsible.

This homicide is being investigated by the Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. We urge anyone with information or video about this homicide to call Agent Glenn at 303.739.6068. Alternatively, tips can be sent to Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) where your tips may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00 and you can remain anonymous.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jun 20, 2020 at 12:38 AM
  

On June 18th, 2020 at around 6:20 a.m., the Aurora Police Department Public Safety Communication Center received reports of an unresponsive male lying on the ground. 

Officers responded to 10653 E. Jewell Avenue, The Willowick Apartments, and found an adult male lying on the ground, bleeding, and unresponsive.  Aurora Fire Rescue responded to the scene but the victim was, sadly, deceased. 

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit are on scene and actively investigating.  It is unknown what led up to the incident and at this time there is no suspect information. 

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

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Agent Graw at 303.739.6213 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 Jun 18, 2020 at 10:30 AM
  

On June 16th, 2020, at about 9:30 p.m., Aurora Police Officers were dispatched to the area of S. Salem Street and E. Mississippi Avenue for a person laying in the street.  When they arrived, they found an adult male unconscious in the roadway.  The male was transported to the hospital where he tragically succumbed to his injuries.  The victim’s name will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

Aurora Police Department Traffic Section investigated the scene and determined the victim was crossing E. Mississippi Avenue, in the middle of the block, when he was struck by a tan SUV that then fled the scene.  As the victim lay in the street, he was again struck by another unidentified vehicle, possibly a red/burgundy truck, that also fled the scene.  At this time the suspects and their vehicles remain unidentified.   

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call Detective Ragain at 303.739.6351 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867).  Tipsters may be eligible for up to a $2,000 reward. 

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

Posted by fgoodric@auroragov.org  On Jun 17, 2020 at 11:10 AM
  
A message from Chief Wilson regarding the termination of an Aurora Police Officer:

"Today, I terminated the employment of Officer Joshua Teeples. Officer Teeples was arrested on August 27th, 2019, following an off-duty hit and run crash where he was also intoxicated. Officer Teeples was hired in June 2017.

Immediately following Officer Teeples arrest, he was placed on restricted duty while we conducted an IA investigation. At the conclusion of the Internal Affairs investigation, this case was sent to the Chiefs Review Board who recommended that he be terminated. Following the Chiefs Review Board’s recommendations, the case was sent to our Independent Review Board, comprised of community and sworn department members, who unanimously agreed on the termination decision.

After taking over as the Interim Police Chief, it has been my duty to rebuild the trust within our community and hold my officers accountable for their actions. The actions and decisions made by my officers, whether on-duty or off, always need to reflect the professionalism that APD, City Officials and the Aurora residents expect of them."


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jun 15, 2020 at 4:15 PM
  

(June 15, 2020) On Saturday, March 21st, 2020, at approximately 5:45 P.M, District 1 Patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Windsor Court Apartments, which are located in the 10900 block of East 16th Avenue in Northwest Aurora.

Through our investigation, we have identified Octavis Demond Styles (09/04/1995) as the suspect. Octavis is described as 5’10”, 175lbs, with multiple tattoos to include distinctive tattoos on his neck (pictured below). Octavis currently has a warrant for First Degree Murder.

We are currently searching for Octavis and we are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to please call 911 or reaching out to 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

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Information previously released on March 21st, 2020


On Saturday March the 21st at approximately 5:45p.m, District 1 Patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Windsor Court Apartments, which are located in the 10900 block of East 16th Avenue in Northwest Aurora. 

Upon arrival officers located an adult male in an apartment who had been shot. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumb 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 Adams 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 Agent Prince with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6127. 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 Jun 15, 2020 at 1:21 PM
  

At 2345 hrs on 06/06/20 Officers responded to a serious accident at 777 N. Havana St. Officers found a single adult male occupant of a Chevy 2dr had been ejected from the vehicle after striking four other vehicles parked in the driveways of their respective residences. The driver was transported to University hospital. The driver of the vehicle is in critical condition and is not expected to survive. A total of 7 vehicles were involved along with the vehicle striking a residence. Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash. Victim's information is being withheld until next of kin can be notified.

Sgt. G Garcia
Traffic Unit Dayshift
720-675-8915


Posted by ggarcia@auroragov.org  On Jun 10, 2020 at 8:14 AM
  
At 2339 hrs on 06/09/20 Officers responded to a serious accident at E. 6th Ave and N. Peoria St. Officers found a single adult male pedestrian had been struck by an unknown blue 4dr sedan The pedestrian was transported to University hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Witness on scene was able to get a description of the vehicle and driver. The investigation is on-going. Arapahoe County coroner notified.  Victim's information is being withheld until next of kin can be notified.

Sgt. G Garcia
Traffic Unit Dayshift
720-675-8915

Posted by ggarcia@auroragov.org  On Jun 10, 2020 at 8:10 AM
  
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