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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.

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

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November 2019 - Posts

On Thursday November 21st, 2019 at approximately 2:36 p.m., Aurora Police Officers were dispatched to 13606 East 14th Avenue in response to a shooting.

Upon officer’s arrival they found an unresponsive adult male inside of a residence.  Shortly thereafter that male was pronounced deceased on scene.  Further investigation was necessary to determine the circumstances that led up to the death.

Since then, the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit has upgraded this investigation to a Homicide.  On November 22, 2019 a 16-year-old juvenile was arrested and charged with at least the following:


18-3-104 (1)(a) Manslaughter, Class 4 Felony

18-12-108 (1) Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender, Class 5 Felony


Due to the suspect being a juvenile no further personal identifying information will be publicly released.

The identity of the deceased male will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office pending positive identification, and notification of his next-of-kin.

We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness or have any information related to this homicide to please contact Agent Ingui at 303.739.6067.

Any additional media inquiries should be directed to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office Public Information Officer Vikki Migoya.

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



Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Nov 25, 2019 at 2:33 PM
  
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:


BWC video

November 22, 2019 Press Conference 

911 Call

Press packet FINAL.PDF

Officer Crystal McCOy
Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Nov 22, 2019 at 11:48 PM
  
On November 21th, Aurora Public Safety Communications Center received 911 calls of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian / motor vehicle at E. Colfax Ave and N. Havana St. Responding Police and Fire personnel arrived on scene and located an adult male unconscious and not breathing in the roadway. The victim was transported to University hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit, was notified and is investigating.

At this stage of the investigation, it appears as if the pedestrian was walking on the west side of Havana st in the crosswalk and was struck by a vehicle going north bound on Havana St making a left turn to west bound Colfax Ave. It is unknown whom is at fault and the vehicles driver is cooperating with the investigation.  Drugs, alcohol, or speed do not appear to be factors at this time.

The Adams County Medical Examiners office were notified. 

The investigation is ongoing, and the release of the identity of the pedestrian will not be made, pending notification of next of kin. Any further inquiries should be made to the Adams County coroner's office.

Sgt. G Garcia
Dayshift Traffic
303-739-6293
Posted by ggarcia@auroragov.org  On Nov 21, 2019 at 3:18 PM
  
Aurora CO
November 12, 2019
Case # 2019-44112

On November 11th, Aurora Public Safety Communications Center received 911 calls of a crash on southbound Interstate 222 near E. Mississippi Ave.   Responding Police and Fire personnel arrived on scene and located an adult male deceased on the highway.

The Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit, was notified and is investigating.

At this stage of the investigation, it appears as if the pedestrian was running west to east across the southbound lanes of the interstate, nearly under the overpass of E. Mississippi Ave.  It is unknown why he did not utilize the overpass to cross the highway.  The pedestrian was struck by at least 3 vehicles, all of which were identified, and are cooperating with the investigation.  Drugs, alcohol, or speed do not appear to be factors at this time.

The Arapahoe County Medical Examiners office responded to the scene to conduct their death investigation, and take custody of the decedent. 

The investigation is ongoing, and the release of the identity of the pedestrian will not be made, pending notification of next of kin. At that time it will come from the Coroners office.

Questions or further information should be directed to:

Detective Joe Petrucelli
303-739-6368
Posted by melliot@auroragov.org  On Nov 12, 2019 at 9:40 AM
  

(November 11, 2019) UPDATE: We understand and appreciate the community’s concern and desire for information when our officers are involved in critical incidents. We continue to strive to provide as much information as possible, without jeopardizing the investigative process, while working in coordination with the appropriate District Attorney’s office.

We are releasing only a small portion of the body-worn camera footage from the primary officer after he first arrives on scene. That video can be viewed at the following link:

https://youtu.be/4CNkFyNhGX0

Below is an image captured from the body-worn camera that depicts the rifle that was found in the room where the suspect dove into immediately following the shots being fired.

CARNES BWC IMAGE

This investigation into the officer-involved shooting is still on-going and will be submitted to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office for review when it is completed.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Aurora Police Department
Public Information Officer
720-432-5095
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Information Previously Released 10/25/2019

On October 20, 2019, at 1:43 A.M., Aurora Police Officers were dispatched to 9121 East 14th Avenue in response to a physical disturbance outside the apartment building. While officers were responding to the call, Denver Police Dispatch notified the Aurora Police Dispatch Center that their “Shot Spotter” had just picked up shots fired in the area of East 13th Ave and North Akron Street.

(October 25, 2019) The male that was shot remains in critical condition at a nearby hospital, but, is expected to survive. We can confirm at this time that this male was shot by our officer. At this time, we are not going to be identifying this male since detectives are still in the process of interviewing witnesses and conducting photo line-ups. Preemptively releasing this information could compromise their investigation. 

While conducting our searches of the premises immediately following the shooting, officers recovered a rifle from the apartment.  Also, during the search, officers located a blood trail leading through the apartment, then out into the hallway and ending where the male exited the building.

When the body-worn camera video footage is allowed to be released, after consultation with the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, we will make it publicly available to view.

Below is the video from the press conference we held today. 

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



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Information Previously Released 10/20/2019

On October 20, 2019, at 1:43 A.M., Aurora Police Officers were dispatched to 9121 East 14th Avenue in response to a physical disturbance outside the apartment building. While officers were responding to the call, Denver Police Dispatch notified the Aurora Police Dispatch Center that their “Shot Spotter” had just picked up shots fired in the area of East 13th Ave and North Akron Street.

Upon officers arrival they heard a loud disturbance on the north side of the building. Officers then observed an adult male in the north parking lot of the apartment complex who was armed with a weapon. After encountering this male, an officer discharged their weapon in his direction. This male then ran back inside of the apartment building.

Moments later, numerous people began to run out of the apartment complex doors. During this commotion, an adult male was found to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Rescue was called and this male was then transported to an area hospital. At this time, it is unknown if the male party who was shot was the same male that officers encountered outside or if this male was shot before police arrived on scene. There were three other injured people that were also transported to the hospital as a result of the large disturbance that officers initially responded to.

The adult male who is suffering from the gunshot wounds is in serious condition. His identity will not be released at this time. There was a weapon that was located on scene.

All responding officers were equipped with body worn cameras and will be reviewed as part of this investigation. The involved officer has worked for the Aurora Police Department for about eighteen months, and has not been in any prior officer-involved shootings at the Aurora Police Department. 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 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in accordance with Senate Bill 15-219. Once this investigation is complete it will be presented to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for 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 contact Agent T. Fredericksen at 303.739.6106.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Nov 11, 2019 at 8:40 AM
  

UPDATE:  We understand and appreciate the community’s concern and desire for information when our officers are involved in critical incidents.  We continue to strive to provide as much information as possible, without jeopardizing the investigative process, while working in coordination with the appropriate District Attorney’s office.

We are releasing body-worn camera footage from the primary and secondary officers which can be viewed at the following link:

https://youtu.be/jlNgDqRtzdM

This investigation into the officer-involved shooting is still on-going and will be submitted to the 18
th Judicial District Attorney's Office for review when it is completed.

Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095



In the evening hours of Thursday, October 10, 2019, Aurora Police officers responded to a residence in the 1500 block of South Bahama Street to contact a suspect in reference to an aggravated physical assault that occurred there earlier in the day.


 

Upon officer’s arrival they saw Mr. Huff standing next to a truck.  As the officers (in full police uniform) approached the house, Mr. Huff immediately fled into the home.  As mentioned in the affidavit, Mr. Huff was looking out of a window of a well-lit room as the responding officer was waving at him.  The officer was certain Mr. Huff saw her and recognized her as a Police Officer.  Mr. Huff then quickly disappeared from the officer's view.  Mr. Huff then suddenly reappeared at the same front window armed with a shotgun.  It was at this point one of the responding officers made the decision to discharge their weapon.


The picture accompanying this statement is a still image from a body worn camera that was worn by one of the responding officers. The person holding the shotgun inside the house is Mr. Huff.  It should also be noted that the figure to the right is one of our officers knocking at the front door.

We recognize trust in our community hinges on accurate transparency in all critical incidents, especially in officer-involved-shootings.  Senate Bill 15-219 is designed to not only provide a thorough investigation, but also transparency. We will release the body worn camera footage when we can do so in a manner that does not impede any future court proceedings. 


In this day and age accuracy has never meant more, and the reckless publication of inaccurate information on any critical incident not only causes undue duress and concern for those involved, but also our community. 

 

We appreciate the patience and trust our community continues to give us during these complex investigations. 

Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095
OIS





On Thursday October 10
th, 2019, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Aurora Police officers responded to a residence in the 1500 block of South Bahama Street to investigate an assault when an armed adult male was encountered by officers. This incident led to an officer-involved-shooting where one officer discharged a firearm.


 

The armed male officers encountered has been identified as Andrew Huff, 04-29-1997 (see attached booking photo).  Huff remains in the care of an area hospital pending release.

 

The Aurora Police Department will present the following charges against Huff to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s office for activities prior that led to the Aurora Police Department response to South Bahama Circle:

 

18-3-203 Assault in the Second Degree, Felony

18-3-206 Felony Menacing, Felony

18-3-204 3rd Degree Assault, Misdemeanor

 

The officer-involved-shooting investigation as required by Senate Bill 15-219 is still underway. Once that investigation is completed it will be presented by investigators to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s office for review.

 

The officer who was involved remains on administrative leave per department policy. 

 

No further information is available for release at this time. 

Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095

huff


information previously released on October 11, 2019:

 

The male who was armed with a firearm and shot during the officer-involved shooting that occurred in the 1500 block of South Bahama Street continues being treated and is recovering at a local hospital. No officers were injured.

In connection to this incident, APD is not looking for suspects and there are no threats to the public.
Officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, as is standard and in accordance with departmental policies. 

The officers wore Body Worn Cameras that were collected for review up to and including the Chief of Police.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation and are not available for release today, as investigators still need to obtain statements. Interviews are not expected to be completed until early next week.

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
303.739.6038


On Thursday October 10th, 2019 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to a residence in the 1500 block of South Bahama Street to investigate an assault when an armed adult male was encountered by officers.

 

One officer discharged a firearm striking the armed male.  He was then transported to an area hospital.  The extent of his injuries are not yet known as they are still being evaluated.

This is an active and on-going investigation, and no further information is available at this time.

The incident is being investigated by members of the Aurora Police Department, Denver Police Department and the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in accordance with Senate Bill 15-219. Once this investigation is complete it will be presented to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for a 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.


Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095



Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Nov 07, 2019 at 5:39 PM
  

On November 2, 2019 at 7:41AM, Aurora Police were dispatched to a single car crash on eastbound I-70 east of Tower Rd.  There they found a white Toyota pickup had crashed into the center median guardrail.  As a result of the crash, the male driver, who was the only occupant, was ejected.  Citizens stopped and rendered aid until the male was transported to a hospital.  The driver died as a result of his injuries yesterday, November 6th.

Speed and reckless driving were factors in this incident as a witness stated that the Toyota was speeding and passing traffic on the left shoulder when it crashed into the guardrail.  Alcohol consumption is another factor, which is being investigated by the Aurora Police Traffic Unit.

The identity of the driver will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office.

Chris Carleton
Sergeant, Aurora Police Department
Traffic Investigations
6 N. Abilene St.
Aurora, CO 80011
Office: 303.739-6243

Posted by ccarleto@auroragov.org  On Nov 07, 2019 at 9:39 AM
  
 
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