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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The men and women of the Aurora Police Department are committed to making a Aurora a safer place everyday.

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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Aurora Police Department’s K9 Cyrus has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K9 Cyrus’ vest was embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love-Trained to Serve-Loyal Always”.

 Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,327 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations. 

 The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies.  K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate.  There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

 Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest.  Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty.  For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978.  Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.   

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Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

 


Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Aug 04, 2021 at 12:29 PM
  

(August 3) On Friday, July 30, 2021 at approximately 12:14 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to the 18500 block of East Kansas Place on a reported shooting.

Upon officers arrival they located one deceased adult male who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officers discovered an adult female suffering from gunshot wounds nearby. She was transported to an area hospital and tragically succumbed to those injuries on July 31, 2021.

The two deceased were known to one another and were married. It is not clear if they were married at the time of this incident. 

The names of the deceased were released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office today, August 3, 2021, via a news release after a positive identification and notification of next-of-kin was made.

If you or someone you know is a victim of or experiencing domestic violence please contact the Aurora Police Department and/or the Aurora Police Department Victim Services Unit at 303.627.3100. We can provide you assistance and resources to ensure your safety. 

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095



(July 30) On Friday, July 30, 2021 at approximately 12:14 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to the 18500 block of East Kansas Place on a reported shooting.

Upon officer’s arrival they located an adult female near a vehicle in the roadway suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. She was transported to an area hospital and remains in critical condition at this time.

While officers were on scene tending to the adult female victim, they located a deceased adult male in the nearby roadway.

The early investigation has revealed the two were known to one another, and there is no additional threat to the community. Investigators have not yet been able to determine what led up to the shooting.

The name of the deceased male will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after a positive identification and notification of next-of-kin has been made.

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 Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Aug 03, 2021 at 5:21 PM
  

(August 3) On Saturday July 31, 2021 at 12:23 a.m., Aurora police officers responded to 15423 East 13th Avenue apartment 205 where a female resident was reporting she shot a male intruder.

The initial investigation suggested the female resident was reporting a man, whom she previously had an intimate relationship with, forced his way into her apartment, assaulted another adult male occupant, and she made the decision to shoot the alleged assailant. At that point in the investigation the female was detained and then released pending further investigation.

The female resident caller is being identified as Emily Janis Strunk DOB: 09/04/1995. The adult male occupant whom was allegedly assaulted is being identified as Kevin Lee Wertin DOB: 11/16/1993. The adult male shot remains in critical condition from the gunshot wound, and his identity is not being released at this time.

New information developed in this investigation has led to the arrest of both Strunk and Wertin in Aurora on August 2, 2021 for the following Colorado Revised Statute:

18-3-102 Murder in the First Degree (Attempt)

This incident continues to be investigated by the Major Crimes Homicide Unit. Anyone who witnessed this incident, or has information about 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.
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Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Aug 03, 2021 at 12:09 PM
  

(August 2) On July 29, 2021 at approximately 3:30 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to the 2600 block of South Xanadu Way in relation to a missing persons investigation.

 Upon officer’s arrival to the area they discovered a person deceased inside of a nearby vehicle. At this time, we are unable to determine the race or gender of the deceased individual. The circumstances leading to the death are unknown and the Major Crimes and Homicide Unit are investigating this as a suspicious death.

 This case continues to be investigated by our Major Crimes Homicide Unit. 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.

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 Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Aug 02, 2021 at 8:46 AM
  
On July 28, 2021, the Aurora Police Department assisted members of the Oro Valley, Arizona Police Department with apprehending a wanted fugitive who resides in Aurora. Aurora Police arrested Mark Lindrud (DOB 01/17/1972) for a warrant issued in Arizona for numerous counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

The Aurora Police Department is notifying the public of this arrest because Mr. Lindrud is currently employed as a school teacher at Vista Peak Preparatory school in Aurora. He has been placed on administrative leave.  During the course of the investigation, it was also learned that Mr. Lindrud has worked at more than eight Denver metro area schools in his 20 year tenure as a teacher. It is believed that there may be victims of crimes involving Mr. Lindrud who have not reported to police. The Aurora Police Department wants the public to know that it is safe to report crimes involving Mr. Lindrud. Members of the public can report crimes to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.

Information pertaining to the details of Mr. Lindrud’s arrest should be directed to the Oro Valley Police Department in Arizona. Below is his booking photo that was taken at the Aurora Jail following his arrest. 


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

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Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jul 29, 2021 at 12:53 PM
  
UPDATE: John Haubert Resigns from the Aurora Police Department

This afternoon John Haubert submitted his letter of resignation to Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson. This officially ends his employment as a Police Officer with the Aurora Police Department and City of Aurora.

Even though Mr. Haubert has resigned, the Internal Affairs investigation (IA) into his alleged misconduct and the investigation into the force used on Mr. Vinson will continue.  After the completion of the IA investigation the case will go through the required review processes and Chief Wilson will then make her final decision on if he violated department directives and what discipline Mr. Haubert would have received if he had not resigned today.

Once that decision has been made it will be released to the public.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-PIO
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Information previously released on July 27,2021:


Today, July 27, 2021, Chief Vanessa Wilson held a press conference to discuss the recent arrests of two Aurora Police officers.

Links to the body-worn cameras, as well as the entire press conference, can be found here:
Body-Worn Cameras
Press Conference

This investigation remains open and active. Additionally, Chief Wilson has ordered an expedited Internal Affairs Investigation to begin with the hope of having that completed soon. 

Any questions regarding the prosecution of this incident can be directed to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

No further updates are expected.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Information previously released


This afternoon an arrest warrant was issued for two Aurora Police Officers.  This was after a criminal investigation was conducted by the APD Major Crimes/Homicide Unit into the force that they used while making an arrest during a Trespassing call in the 3100 block of South Parker Road on Friday, July 23 2021.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Officer John Haubert for the following charges:
  • Attempted First Degree Assault
  • Second Degree Assault 
  • Felony Menacing
  • Official Oppression
  • 1st Degree Official Misconduct
An arrest warrant was also issued for Officer Francine Martinez for the following charges:
  • Duty to Intervene
  • Duty to Report Use of Force by Peace Officer
Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson will be holding a press conference tomorrow afternoon at 1:00p.m. at the Aurora Police Headquarters. More details, including body worn camera footage, of the incident will be released at that time.  Since the news conference is going to be held in a secure facility members of the media are asked to RSVP with the Media Relations Unit.

The press conference will be live streamed on the Aurora Police YouTube Channel.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-PIO
Commanding Officer 
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Jul 29, 2021 at 12:50 PM
  
(July 20) On Tuesday July 20th, 2021 at approximately 12:30 p.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to a domestic violence incident in the 2300 block of South Xanadu Way. The caller advised that a male was armed with a gun and a shot had already been fired in the house.

Upon officers’ arrival, they were confronted with an adult male who was armed with a gun. Officers attempted to de-escalate the situation by giving numerous commands for the male to drop the gun, but he never did. A shot was fired by the male and officers returned fire, striking the male. Medical assistance was immediately called, and the male was transported to the hospital with serious injuries and is expected to survive. The victim of the initial domestic violence call was located, unharmed, and is being given support and resources by our Victim Advocates.

All uniformed officers had their department issued body-worn cameras activated at the time of the incident.

The two involved officers are 11 and 19-year veterans of the Aurora Police Department. Both officers are assigned to District One Patrol. Neither officer has been previously involved in an officer-involved shooting. The two Aurora Police Officers involved in this critical incident have been placed on administrative leave with pay per departmental policy.

The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) for the 18th Judicial District responded and will be investigating this officer involved shooting incident. The CIRT Team for the 18th Judicial District conducts independent, multi-agency investigations into officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths that occur in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Elbert County. As part of Police Chief Vanessa Wilson's "A New Way" Plan to rebuild trust with the community, the Aurora Police Department joined the CIRT Teams for both the 17th and 18th Judicial Districts in April of this year.

One in three women, and one in four men, experience relationship violence in their lifetime according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence based in Denver. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing relationship violence, please do not be ashamed or embarrassed. We are here to support you. You can call us anytime for assistance at 303.627.3100 or get more information by visiting https://www.auroragov.org/residents/public_safety/police/victim_services___rights.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jul 20, 2021 at 9:48 PM
  
(July 20) On Thursday, July 1, 2021, at about 5:10 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to a traffic crash on East 16th Avenue and North Alton Street.

The initial traffic investigation has revealed that a bicyclist was traveling northbound on North Alton Street and an SUV was traveling westbound on East 16th Avenue. The bicyclist failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection and was struck by the SUV. The bicyclist was transported to an area hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries on July 8, 2021.

The driver of the SUV remained on the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. Drugs, alcohol and speed are not believed to be contributing factors to the accident.

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 or surveillance footage, or if you have any information about this incident and have not yet spoken to police, please contact the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867).


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jul 20, 2021 at 9:55 AM
  
(July 19) On Monday, June 28th, 2021, at approximately 11:20 a.m., District 2 Patrol Officers responded to a welfare check at 695 North Dillon Way. The 911 caller reported seeing a female lying in the grass, bleeding.

Detectives from our Major Crimes/Homicide Unit have identified the suspect responsible for this homicide. The suspect has been positively identified as Eric Huff (06/28/1976). 

Investigators began the process of trying to locate Huff and on July 11, Aurora Police Detectives were notified by Denver Police Detectives about a death investigation being conducted by them involving Eric Huff.

This case is now closed.

Any information regarding the death investigation surrounding Eric Huff can be directed to the Denver Police Department. 


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Information previously released


(June 28) On Monday, June 28th, 2021, at approximately 11:20 a.m., District 2 Patrol Officers responded to a welfare check at 695 North Dillon Way. The 911 caller reported seeing a female lying in the grass, bleeding.

Officers located an adult female who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound and had obvious traumatic injuries. She was declared deceased on scene. This case is classified as a homicide and will be investigated by our Major Crimes Homicide Unit. Detectives will begin to examine the physical evidence from the crime scene and will determine what exactly led up to this homicide. There is no suspect information available.

The name of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after a positive identification and notification of next-of-kin.

We are seeking 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.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jul 19, 2021 at 9:45 AM
  
(July 15) On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at 6:30 p.m., District 1 Patrol Officers responded to the parking lot of the McDonald’s, located at 2651 South Parker Road, on reports of a shooting.

The Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is announcing the arrest of Treyvion Simpson (DOB: 04/27/1999). Simpson was arrested today, July 15, 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 Simpson has been provided at the bottom of this news release.

We want to thank the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit for their continued work on this case as well as the Aurora Police SWAT and F.A.S.T Unit and Denver SWAT for assisting in today's arrest.


This homicide is being prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and any additional media inquiries should be directed there.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Simpson Booking Photo

(Information previously released)


(June 29) On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at 6:30 p.m., District 1 Patrol Officers responded to the parking lot of the McDonald’s, located at 2651 South Parker Road, on reports of a shooting.

Officers located an adult male who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. This male was quickly transported to the hospital by paramedics but has tragically died from his injuries. This case is being investigated by our Major Crimes Homicide Unit and detectives will work to determine what exactly led up to this shooting. The only suspect information available at this time is that the suspect was driving a silver vehicle.

The name of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after a positive identification and notification of next-of-kin.

We are seeking the public's assistance. Anyone who may have observed anything suspicious, or has information about this case, is asked to contact Detective Tim Glenn at 303.739.6068 or by calling 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 Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jul 15, 2021 at 8:17 PM
  
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