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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:

Officer Crystal McCoy-Public Information Officer
Officer Matthew Longshore-Public Information Officer
Officer Anthony Camacho (Spanish Speaking)- Public Information Officer

To reach a member of the Media Relations Unit call 720.432.5095 or email apdpio@auroragov.org.
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Aurora Colorado
April 17th, 2019

On March 18th, 2019, Patrol Officers from the City of Aurora responded to a 2 vehicle collision at the intersection of E. Iliff Ave., and S. Tower Rd.   It was determined that the at fault vehicle, being driven by an adult female, was eastbound on E. Iliff ave., and failed to stop for a red light.

The at fault vehicle was then hit broadside by a vehicle traveling north on S. Tower Rd, which was being driven by a 56 year old male, in generally poor health.  This male was transported to a local hospital with a fractured pelvis.

On 04/03/19 the 56 year old male died at the hospital.  The Arapahoe County Coroners office was notified and began their investigation, as did the Aurora Police Traffic Investigation Unit.  On 04/15/19 the Aurora Police Department was notified by the Coroners office that the decedent died as a result of complications of injuries sustained in the crash.

The original charges issued to the at fault driver will be amended accordingly.

Speed and / or impairment do not appear to be a factor in this investigation.

No further information will be released at this time.

Sergeant Mark Elliot
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Investigations Unit Supervisor
303-739-6202
Posted by melliot@auroragov.org  On Apr 17, 2019 at 11:19 AM
  
On April 14, 2019, at 12:01 A.M., officers responded to the area of East 58th Avenue and North Flanders Street on reports of a vehicle fire.

Once the fire had been extinguished, an unidentifiable body was found inside of the vehicle. Information is limited at this time.

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

Due to the suspicious nature of this death, the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is handling this investigation. Aurora Police is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agent Frederickson with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6106. Tipsters can also use Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720-913-7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and be eligible for a $2,000 reward. 

Officer Matthew Longshore

Public Information Officer

Aurora Police Department

720-432-5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Apr 14, 2019 at 3:44 AM
  
On April 12, 2019, at 3:33 a.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to the 1500 block of South Sable Boulevard on a report of shots fired inside the residence.

Upon officers arriving they found two deceased people inside. Through the initial investigation it was determined the deceased were known to each other.

The investigation is being conducted by APD’s Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. If citizens have any information they can call Agent Hansen at 303-739-6710.

The Aurora Police Department is not looking for suspects and there is no threat to the public.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will determine cause of death and will release names of the deceased after notification of the next of kin.

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Apr 12, 2019 at 11:44 AM
  

On April 8th, 2019, at about 12:39 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to an automobile versus pedestrian accident at the intersection of Colfax Avenue and Kenton Street.

A passerby initially called and told 911 dispatchers that a male was laying unresponsive on the side of the road by the light pole.  The Investigation revealed an adult male was crossing Colfax Avenue from north to south just west of the crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound in the far-right lane. The victim was thrown about 30 yards and came to rest on the southeast corner of the intersection.  It was determined from area surveillance video that the victim was not discovered for approximately 20 minutes after the collision, Aurora Fire Rescue transported the adult male victim to University Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.  The adult driver of the vehicle initially left the scene of the accident, however after talking to his family he decided after about 30 minutes to return to the original accident scene.   

Traffic Investigators believe speed and alcohol are factors in this accident. None of the identities of any of the involved parties are being released at this time. The driver was arrested for hit and run resulting in death, additional charges may be added once the toxicology results are determined.  If you were a witness to this accident or know anything about what happened please call Detective Steve Chinn at 303-739-6342.

This will be the 7th fatal accident in Aurora since January 1st, the Aurora Police Department reminds drivers not to drive if they have been drinking.

Lieutenant Jad Lanigan
Aurora Police Department Metro Division
Traffic Section Commander
Assistant Swat Commander
6 Abilene St
Aurora, Colorado 80011
303-739-6326
Jlanigan@auroragov.org
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Posted by jlanigan@auroragov.org  On Apr 08, 2019 at 5:26 AM
  
On March 28, 2019 about 7:20 P.M. officers of the Aurora Police Department (APD) were contacted by members of the Denver Police Department (DPD) who requested assistance with arresting a subject wanted out of their city for violent felony crimes.

The suspect was located in the parking lot of a restaurant at 16891 East Iliff Avenue. APD’s SWAT unit initiated efforts to arrest the suspect from a vehicle when shots were fired by an officer. The suspect fled on foot and ran south of the location before eventually being taken into custody. During the course of the arrest, the suspect was non-compliant and a Taser had to be applied to place him into custody.

A passenger, who remained in the suspect’s vehicle, was contacted and is considered a victim in the originating case out of Denver.

Due to the original case associated with DPD’s request for assistance, information about the identity of the suspect should be directed to that agency.

During this event, APD SWAT officers were using their issued body worn cameras. The suspect sustained minor injuries, resulting from being Tased. No officers were injured. There was a weapon recovered from the scene.

This incident is being investigated by the APD Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and members of the Denver Police Department, in accordance with Senate Bill 15-219.

We are asking anyone with information about this case to please contact Agent M. Ingui at 303-739-6067.

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Mar 29, 2019 at 4:37 PM
  
UPDATE:
A second fatality has been attributed to this crash.

On March 25th,  an 86 year old adult male passenger from the vehicle which was westbound on E. Iliff Ave. succumbed to injuries sustained in this crash.  The investigation is ongoing by the Aurora Police Department Traffic Investigations Unit.


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On March 20th, 2019 at approximately 7 p.m., Aurora Officers and Rescue Personnel responded to the intersection of East Iliff Avenue and South Blackhawk Street on the report of a serious motor vehicle collision.

One vehicle was eastbound East Iliff Avenue approaching South Blackhawk Street. Another vehicle was westbound East Iliff Avenue attempting to turn onto South Blackhawk Street. The two vehicles collided in the intersection.

An occupant of one vehicle was declared deceased on scene. Occupants of the other vehicle were transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.

The factors involved in this incident are still under investigation by the Aurora Police Traffic Section. The identity of the deceased is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin.

Questions or further information about this incident can be directed to:

Sgt. Mike Douglass
Aurora Police Traffic Section
303-739-6293


Posted by mdouglas@auroragov.org  On Mar 27, 2019 at 11:15 AM
  
On March 18, 2019 at 11:38 a.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to the Sable Technological Center located at 562 Sable Boulevard on reported gunfire in the area. Upon officers arrival they located a victim lying on the ground in the parking lot suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, a juvenile male, was transported to an area hospital where tragically he succumbed to his wounds.

The Aurora Police Department (APD) Major Crimes Homicide Unit, Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team, APD K-9 Unit, APD SWAT, and the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force were among those who worked tirelessly for nearly 31hours which led to the arrest of a juvenile male in this homicide. The arrest occurred on March 19th at approximately 7:00 p.m. in the 15000 block of East Evans Avenue without further incident.

Due to this suspect and victim both being juveniles in this active investigation, no further details will be released by APD at this time. All further media inquires from this date forward should be directed to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office, where this case will be prosecuted.

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


Information Previously Released on March 19, 2019:

On March 18, 2019 at 11:38 a.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to the Sable Technological Center located at 562 Sable Boulevard on reported gunfire in the area.

Upon officers arrival they located a victim lying on the ground in the parking lot suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, a juvenile male, was transported to an area hospital where tragically he has since succumbed to his wounds.

Positive identification of the victim, and notification of the next-of-kin will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide to please call Aurora Police Agent Miller at 303-739-6117. Tipsters can also remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting 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 20, 2019 at 1:34 PM
  
On March 13, 2019 the Aurora Police Major Crime Homicide Unit began investigating the circumstances surrounding a body found along the Sand Creek Trail in the midst of a historic blizzard dubbed Bomb Cyclone Ulmer by weather officials.

Since then, that body has been positively identified as Martin Galdamez-Galdamez DOB 7/25/1994, and is now being investigated as a homicide. At this time there are no additional details available.

Anyone that has information about this incident are requested to call Agent Szuch at 303-739-6068 or remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

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


Information Previously Released March 14, 2019:

On March 13, 2019, about 1:55 PM, people were walking in the 2700 block of Sand Creek, a section that parallels East Fitzsimons Parkway, just east of the Light Rail parking lot.

The people were looking for a runaway dog and found what appeared to be a human body. The Aurora Police Department responded to the scene and confirmed it was a human body. The body was not removed until this afternoon due to the extreme weather conditions from the day before. The cause of death has not been determined and will be done by the Adams County Coroner’s Office.

The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is actively investigating this case as a homicide. We ask anyone that has information or who might have observed something to please call Agent Szuch at 303-739-6068. People can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

The Coroner’s Office will release the name of the deceased after positive identification has been made and the next of kin has been notified.

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Mar 19, 2019 at 10:53 AM
  
On March 6, 2019 the Aurora Police Department responded to the Aurora Town Center at 14200 East Alameda Avenue on a report of a person stumbling around in the parking lot.

Upon officers arriving they contacted the person, determined the person was 16 years of age and that the juvenile had been shot. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital and taken to surgery where the juvenile succumbed to the injuries.

Identification of the victim and notification of the next of kin will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

As part of an active investigation the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Detectives will work to determine what led up to the shooting. At this time, there are no suspects in custody. We are asking for the public’s assistance in solving this murder and gathering any information that witnesses may have. If you have information, you are asked to contact Detective Michael Prince at 303-739-6127. Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913- STOP (7867).

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

Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Mar 07, 2019 at 9:36 AM
  
On March 4, 2019, at 8:44 a.m., Aurora Police Officers were dispatched to the 2200 block of North Dallas Street in response to an unknown male who called 911 reporting there were hostages inside of an apartment. The male advised parties had been injured by someone with a machete.

Upon officers arrival they knocked on the apartment door announcing themselves. An adult female answered the door, and was escorted out of the residence for safety. Officers made additional announcements ordering anyone else inside of the apartment to come out. An adult black male immediately appeared, and was actively threatening officers with a machete despite officer’s commands to drop the machete. One officer deployed their less-lethal Taser, and another officer discharged their weapon striking the armed male subject stopping the threat. Officers immediately rendered First Aid to the male who was then transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The identity of the male will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office pending positive identification, and notification of his next-of-kin. No one else was injured as a result of this incident to include the responding officers. 

All responding officers were equipped with Body Worn Cameras, and were activated as required throughout this incident. The involved officer has worked for the Aurora Police Department for nearly two years, and has not been in any prior officer-involved shootings. The officer will be placed on administrative leave per Aurora Police Department policy.

The incident is being investigated by members of the Aurora Police Department, Denver Police Department and the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in accordance with Senate Bill 15-219. Once this investigation is complete it will be presented to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for criminal culpability review. We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness to the officer-involved shooting to contact Agent Jamie Krieger at 303.739.6113.

At the request of the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, we cannot provide any additional details at this time in order to protect the integrity of the investigation, and all who are involved. All further media inquiries should be directed to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office Public Information Officer Sue Lindsay.

Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Mar 04, 2019 at 4:17 PM
  
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