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 Public Affairs Unit.

Public Affairs Unit Staff:

Acting Lieutenant Faith Goodrich-Commanding Officer
Agent Matthew Longshore - Public Information Officer
Officer Elizabeth McGregor - Public Information Officer 

To reach a member of the Public Affairs Unit call 720.432.5095 or email [email protected]. If you are a member of the public and you have a question, general request, comment or concern, please email [email protected].

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(September 11) The Aurora Police Department will be conducting a Stationary Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday September 11, 2021 from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. This is part of our continuing commitment to the statewide effort to combat drunk drivers and reduce alcohol related traffic accidents and fatalities. This checkpoint is part of the DUI Checkpoint Colorado program, which kicks off Memorial Day weekend, continuing through Labor Day weekend. This checkpoint will be located on the East Hampden Avenue corridor. 

Motorists passing through the checkpoint will be contacted briefly by an officer who will be looking for signs of intoxication and/or impairment in the driver. The checkpoint should cause only minor inconvenience to traffic along the targeted roadway, and highly visible signage will be posted leading into the checkpoint screening area. Drivers entering a checkpoint are asked to pay close attention to the officers directing traffic through the area. Motorists should also roll down their drivers’ side window as they approach the screening area. This allows for better communication between the motorist and the officer, quicker screening, and a shorter delay overall.

The checkpoint is funded by an National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (N.H.T.S.A.) grant in partnership with the “Heat is On” campaign and administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Sep 11, 2021 at 10:54 AM
  
(September 5) A male is in custody after killing his girlfriend at the City Center Station Apartments.

On September 5, 2021, at 7:58 a.m., the Aurora Police Department was called to the 1100blk of South Carson Court on reports of an injured person. Officers arrived and located a 20-year-old woman suffering from apparent physical trauma. The woman was tragically pronounced deceased on scene. A man was also located in the apartment and was immediately detained.

Detectives from the department's Major Crimes Homicide Unit responded to conduct the investigation. After obtaining statements and collecting evidence, detectives arrested the man, who is identified as Dakota Chinnock (04/06/2001), and charged him with First Degree Murder. The identity of the woman will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner after she is positively identified and her next-of-kin has been notified.

A motive behind this brutal attack is not yet known. Detectives will continue their investigation and are asking anyone who has information about this incident, who have not yet spoken to police, to please reach out to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

CHINNOCK, DAKOTA
Posted by [email protected]  On Sep 05, 2021 at 8:29 PM
  
(August 26) On August 26, 2021 at 06:00 a.m., Aurora Police officers responded to the area of East Colfax Avenue and North Emporia Street, on a report of an assault.

Upon officer’s arrival to the area they discovered a female laying on the ground with serious injuries. The female was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Tragically, she later died as a result of her injuries. There is no threat to the public related to this incident.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after she has been positively identified, and next of kin have been notified.

The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes Homicide Unit is investigating this incident as a suspicious death. At this early time in the investigation, the facts and circumstances that led up to the death, to include suspect information, are still being determined.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers. By using Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Francisco Saucedo
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Aug 26, 2021 at 3:37 PM
  
(August 26) This morning at about 5:30 a.m. officers responded to a traffic crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian in the southbound lanes of South Tower Road at East Dartmouth Avenue.

Upon officer’s arrival they discovered an adult male victim in the roadway who was struck by a silver 2014 Toyota RAV4 while the victim was in the crosswalk. Tragically, the pedestrian died at the scene as a result of his injuries from the crash.

The driver of the RAV4 remained on scene and cooperated with investigators. Drugs, speed nor alcohol are believed to be factors contributing to the cause of the crash. Rather, the early investigation suggests the crash occurred due to the pedestrian walking against the pedestrian crosswalk signal, and the driver did not see the pedestrian.

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

Anyone who may have witnessed this fatal crash or otherwise have any information related to it, are asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP. Your tips there can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Aug 26, 2021 at 2:01 PM
  
(August 25) On Wednesday, August 25th, at 7:52 p.m., Aurora 911 received multiple calls reporting a shooting in the 800 block of South Buckley Road.

Upon officer’s arrival to the area they discovered an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds outside of 830 South Buckley Road. Tragically he succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

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

The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes Homicide Unit is investigating this incident as a homicide. At this time, investigators are conducting interviews and collecting evidence to help identify a suspect, and to determine the facts and circumstances that led to this fatal shooting.

Anyone who witnessed this shooting or has information about this homicide is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers. By using Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Aug 25, 2021 at 10:27 PM
  
(August 23) The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating a fatal crash that occurred early this morning along the Hampden corridor.

On August 23, 2021, at approximately 02:40 a.m., Aurora Police responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash near the intersection of East Hampden Avenue and South Tower Road. Upon arrival officers found that one of the occupants of the vehicle has been ejected. Additionally, a second person was also located with injuries sustained in the crash. Both occupants are only being identified as juvenile males.

Investigators believe the vehicle, an Infiniti sedan, was traveling eastbound on East Hampden Avenue. The vehicle entered the South Tower Road Intersection and lost control. The Infiniti veered to the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. After striking the tree, it became airborne and hit a light pole just before coming to rest after striking a retaining wall. The passenger of the vehicle was ejected during the crash and pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the vehicle was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

Investigators believe that high speeds are a contributing factor to this crash. This remains an active investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.

The identity of the passenger is not being released at this time. The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office will release his name once a positive identification has been made and his next of kin have been notified.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash or has dash-camera footage of the crash, and have not yet spoke to police, are asked to call the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Aug 23, 2021 at 2:14 PM
  

(August 21) On Saturday August 21, 2021 at 4:24 a.m., officers responded to a crash involving two vehicles in the intersection of East Alameda Parkway and South Airport Boulevard.

Upon arrival to the scene officers discovered a white Toyota Prius had been broadsided by a burgundy GMC Yukon. The driver of the Prius, a 25-year-old male and Aurora resident, tragically died on-scene.  The driver of the Yukon, a 24-year-old male from Florida, was transported to an area hospital with injuries where he remains at this time.

 The initial investigation suggests the Yukon was traveling westbound on East Alameda Parkway at a high rate of speed as the Prius was traveling eastbound on East Alameda Parkway, both approaching the intersection at South Airport Boulevard. As the Prius was making a northbound turn onto South Airport Boulevard, the speeding Yukon broadsided the Prius.

 Alcohol and speed, by the driver of the Yukon, are believed to be contributing factors leading to the fatal crash. The driver of the Yukon, who is still hospitalized, will be charged with Vehicular Homicide upon release from the hospital. Once he is charged his identity will be released.

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

 Anyone who may have witnessed this fatal crash or otherwise have any information related to it, are asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP. Your tips there can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by [email protected]  On Aug 21, 2021 at 5:28 PM
  
(August 19) On Thursday, August 19, 2021 at approximately 6:47 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to multiple callers reporting a shooting at 14704 East 2nd Avenue.

Upon officer’s arrival they discovered an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries.

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

The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes Homicide Unit is investigating this incident as a homicide. At this early time in the investigation, the facts and circumstances that led up to the shooting, to include suspect information, are still being determined.
Anyone who witnessed this shooting or has information about this homicide is asked to contact contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by [email protected]  On Aug 19, 2021 at 9:31 PM
  
(August 19) The Aurora Police Department will be conducting a Stationary Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday August 21st, 2021 from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. This is part of our continuing commitment to the statewide effort to combat drunk drivers and reduce alcohol related traffic accidents and fatalities. This checkpoint is part of the DUI Checkpoint Colorado program, which kicks off Memorial Day weekend, continuing through Labor Day weekend. This checkpoint will be located on E 6th Ave.

Motorists passing through the checkpoint will be contacted briefly by an officer who will be looking for signs of intoxication and/or impairment in the driver. The checkpoint should cause only minor inconvenience to traffic along the targeted roadway, and highly visible signage will be posted leading into the checkpoint screening area. Drivers entering a checkpoint are asked to pay close attention to the officers directing traffic through the area. Motorists should also roll down their drivers’ side window as they approach the screening area. This allows for better communication between the motorist and the officer, quicker screening, and a shorter delay overall.

The checkpoint is funded by an National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (N.H.T.S.A.) grant in partnership with the “Heat is On” campaign and administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Posted by [email protected]  On Aug 19, 2021 at 1:58 PM
  
(August 14) On August 14, 2021, at approximately 7:25p.m. Aurora Police responded to a report of crash involving a motorcycle near the intersection of Pena Boulevard and East 40th Avenue. Upon arrival, officers found the rider of the motorcycle unconscious. The rider of the motorcycle (adult male) was pronounced deceased on scene.

Investigators believe the motorcycle was traveling southbound on Pena Boulevard, just south of East 40th Avenue, when it struck the guardrail, ejecting the rider. It is unknown at this time if speed or alcohol were factors in this crash.

The identity of the motorcycle rider is not being released at this time. The Adams County Coroner's Office will release his name once a positive identification has been made and his next of kin have been notified.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers, tipster can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Aug 14, 2021 at 10:00 PM
  
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