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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:

Acting Sergeant Diana Cooley-Unit Supervisor
Officer Ken Forrest-Public Information Officer
Officer Bill Hummel-Public Information Officer

To reach a member of the Media Relations Unit call 720.432.5095 or email apdpio@auroragov.org.
To reach a Public Information Officer with the Traffic Section for information about traffic related incidents (crashes, traffic safety, photo red light) call 720.675.8915.

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February 2018 - Posts
UPDATE:
AURORA CO

The Aurora Police Department, Traffic Investigations Unit, is asking for the media's help in reaching out to the local community to assist in finding the suspected vehicle which hit an 11 year old female, then left the scene.

This investigation is ongoing and evidence has been recovered.

The vehicle in question should be a late 1990's to early 2000's Toyota or Nissan sedan, brown or gold in color.

Witnesses reported severe front windshield damage, so anyone who may have seen a vehicle matching this description in the days after this crash is encouraged to contact:

Detective Rob Ragain
303-739-6351
rragain@auroragov.org

Detective Sergeant Mark Elliot
303-739-6202
melliot@auroragov.org


ORIGINAL RELEASE INFORMATION:
 

On Thursday, February 8th, 2018, at about 7:20 PM, first responders with the City of Aurora were notified of a Auto vs. Pedestrian crash at E. Mississippi Ave., and S. Uvalda St.   This is near Interstate 225 and E. Mississippi Ave.

Preliminary investigation indicates an 11 year old female was crossing E. Mississippi Ave. from south to north, against the traffic signal.  A vehicle traveling westbound on E. Mississippi Ave. struck and severely injured the pedestrian.  The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive.

The vehicle that hit the pedestrian DID NOT remain at the scene, and investigators are requesting the publics help in locating it.
The vehicle of interest has been described as a Toyota Camry, with color descriptions of:  Gold / Beige / Brown.  It is reported to have front end damage, as well as a severely damaged windshield.

The investigation is active, and no information will be released about the identity of the pedestrian at this time.   A follow up press release will be put forth when appropriate.

Contact the following investigators with any information on the vehicle of interest:

Detective Rob Ragain:  303-739-6351
rragain@auroragov.org
Sergeant Mark Elliot:  303-739-6202
melliot@auroragov.org
Posted by melliot@auroragov.org  On Feb 20, 2018 at 1:17 PM
  
On February 12, 2018, the Aurora Police Department held a press conference to update the public and media on the officer involved shooting that occurred on February 10, 2018. Below is a summary of the details given at the press conference. For more details and to view the press conference Click Here .
 
The investigation has revealed that the incident began on February 9th (the night before the shooting) at 9: 13 p.m. with a reported felony menacing at I225 and East Mississippi Avenue. In this incident, the subject pointed a handgun at the reporting party. The reporting party described an armed individual and a suspect vehicle. The officers that responded were unable to locate the armed subject or vehicle and a report was taken.

On February 10th, at 11:27 p.m. the same officers who had taken the report of the felony menacing from the day before were in the area of East Smoky Hill Road and South Chambers Road when they observed the suspect vehicle from the felony menacing. Officers initiated a traffic stop at which time the driver, who fit the description from the felony menacing, exited the vehicle and advanced towards the officers. The subject refused the verbal orders given by the officers. As officers continued to give orders the subject began returning to the vehicle ignoring the officers' commands. As an officer attempted to go hands on with the subject, the subject produced a handgun and the officer discharged their duty weapon striking the subject.

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

Anyone with information to this incident is asked to contact Detective Todd Fredericksen at 303.739.6106.

Officer Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-.432.5095


Information Previously Released on February 12, 2018
 
PRESS CONFERENCE REFERENCE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

WHAT: The Aurora Police Department
WHEN: Monday February 12, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Aurora Police Headquarters, Office of the Chief of Police, 15001 East Alameda Parkway
WHO: Chief of Police Nick Metz
CONTACT: Officer Diana Cooley, Public Information Officer for the Aurora Police Department
(303) 739-6022



Information previous released on February 11, 2018

On February 10, 2018 at approximately 11:28 pm officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of East Smoky Hill Road and South Mobile Way. Officers at the scene contacted an adult male subject in the vehicle. A short time later, an officer fired his weapon at the subject. Officers on scene immediately rendered aid to the subject who was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. A weapon was located in the subjects vehicle.

There were no injuries to the officers involved.

Detectives and investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation into this case. This is an active an ongoing investigation. As is standard with the occurrence of an officer-involved shooting, the Officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Anyone with information to this incident is asked to contact Detective Todd Fredericksen at 303.739.6106.

Officer Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-.432.5095
Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Feb 12, 2018 at 7:06 PM
  
Media Advisory
Metro Area Law Enforcement Host “Violation of the Month” Program in Colorado


WHO:      Aurora Police Department (PIO: Diana Cooley 720-432-5095) Aurora Police Department
Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, Boulder Police Department, Castle Rock Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Commerce City Police Department, Denver Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Edgewater Police Department, Englewood Police Department, Greenwood Village Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Lakeside Police Department, Lakewood Police Department, Littleton Police Department, Lone Tree Police Department, Morrison Police Department, Mountain View Police Department, Thornton Police Department, University of Colorado Denver Police Department, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

WHAT:     Violation of the Month is a new cooperative traffic safety program supported by more than 22 metro area law enforcement agencies to reduce motor vehicle reduce fatalities and serious injuries that have reached an all-time high in Colorado.

The goal of the Violation of the Month program is to positively influence driver behavior, reduce traffic crashes, and ultimately prevent serious injuries and death that result from dangerous driving by engaging and educating the public, and securing voluntary compliance with traffic laws.
Participating agencies will review their local crash data to determine the leading causes of fatal and serious injury crashes in the metro area, and the data-driven offenses will determine what the Violation of the Month will be—speed, non-belt use, distraction, impaired driving, failure to move over for emergency vehicles, etc. Agency administrators will direct their patrol and/or traffic enforcement resources to enforce traffic laws related to the Violation of the Month theme.
The upcoming Violation of the Month will be announced through monthly press releases, events and social media outlets, along with results from the previous Month’s enforcement efforts.
The Violation of the Month program is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Region 8 and CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety.

WHEN:     Wednesday February 14th, 2018
(Please arrive at 9:00 a.m. to set-up before the press conference that begins at 9:30 a.m.)

WHERE:     Aurora Police Academy 25950 E. Quincy Ave. Aurora, Co. 80016

WHY:     Tragedies are occurring on our roadways throughout the state of Colorado nearly every single day. We have all been personally affected or know someone who has been affected by a horrific traffic crash. In 2017, there were 630 fatal traffic collisions on Colorado roadways.
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Posted by kdeichse@auroragov.org  On Feb 12, 2018 at 1:47 PM
  
For Immediate Release
Aurora Colorado

On Thursday, February 8th, 2018, at about 7:20 PM, first responders with the City of Aurora were notified of a Auto vs. Pedestrian crash at E. Mississippi Ave., and S. Uvalda St.   This is near Interstate 225 and E. Mississippi Ave.

Preliminary investigation indicates an 11 year old female was crossing E. Mississippi Ave. from south to north, against the traffic signal.  A vehicle traveling westbound on E. Mississippi Ave. struck and severely injured the pedestrian.  The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive.

The vehicle that hit the pedestrian DID NOT remain at the scene, and investigators are requesting the publics help in locating it.
The vehicle of interest has been described as a Toyota Camry, with color descriptions of:  Gold / Beige / Brown.  It is reported to have front end damage, as well as a severely damaged windshield.

The investigation is active, and no information will be released about the identity of the pedestrian at this time.   A follow up press release will be put forth when appropriate.

Contact the following investigators with any information on the vehicle of interest:

Detective Rob Ragain:  303-739-6351
rragain@auroragov.org
Sergeant Mark Elliot:  303-739-6202
melliot@auroragov.org
Posted by melliot@auroragov.org  On Feb 09, 2018 at 8:28 AM
  
 
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