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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:

Sergeant Chris Neiman-Unit Supervisor
Officer Ken Forrest-Public Information Officer
Officer Bill Hummel-Public Information Officer

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On January 3, 2018, Erik Leon Baker was found shot to death near East 26th Avenue and North Himalaya Road. Since then, Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Detectives have worked towards finding the persons who are responsible for killing Erik. The Aurora Police Department is pleased to announce that the perseverance of our Detectives has led to the arrest of three individuals connected with this murder.

The following individuals have been arrested for the listed charges respectively: Barbara Walker (DOB 09/22/1988)- Accessory to First Degree Murder; Raymond Walker Sr. (DOB 01/09/1954)- Accessory to First Degree Murder; and William Ardoin (DOB 05/24/1984)- First Degree Murder (and various other lesser charges).  Photos of the persons arrested are below.

In order to protect the integrity of the prosecution of the case, the Aurora Police Department is unable to provide any further details at this time. Further media inquiries will be referred to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Barbara Walker (DOB 09/22/1988)Raymond Walker Sr. (DOB 01/09/1954)
         Barbara Walker (DOB 09/22/1988) Raymond Walker Sr. (DOB 01/09/1954)

William Ardoin (DOB 05/24/1984)
      William Ardoin (DOB 05/24/1984)  

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095


Information previously released on January 3, 2018

On January 3, 2018 at approximately 12:41 P.M. Aurora Police responded to E. 26th Ave. and N. Himalaya Rd. after a deceased body was located by a passerby.  Upon arrival, officers found a deceased adult male in a ditch who was suffering from apparent trauma. 

 

The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and is actively investigating this incident.  The identity of the victim will be released by the Adams Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office pending the positive identification of the victim and the notification of next of kin.

The investigation is active and in its early stages.  There is currently no additional information available for release at this time.  The Aurora Police Department is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact Detective Nick Huber with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at (303) 739-6090.  Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095

 

Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Jun 07, 2018 at 1:48 PM
  
DATE: May 2, 2018

CONTACT: Sergeant Diana Cooley  
(303) 432-5095

NATURE: 2018 Fallen Police Officer Memorial

The Chief of Police would like to announce the Aurora Police Department’s 2018 Fallen Police Officer Memorial. We will be honoring the lives of the following Aurora Police Officers who died in the line of duty:

Patrolwoman Debra Sue Corr EOW 6/27/81

Patrolman Thomas Dietzman Jr. EOW 8/16/85

Agent Edward Hockom EOW 9/21/87

Agent Michael Del Thomas EOW 9/30/06

Police Officer Doug Byrne EOW 3/26/07

Additionally, we will be honoring the lives of all of the Colorado Fallen Officers that have died in the line of duty since May of 2017 which include:

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Zackari Spurlock Parrish, III EOW 12/31/17

Adams County Sheriff’s Office Heath McDonald Gumm EOW 01/24/18

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Micah Lee Flick EOW 02/05/18

The public, law enforcement agencies and families of the fallen, as well as media are invited to attend this ceremony. The ceremony will include the Aurora Police Honor Guard, Smoky Hill High school Choir singing the National Anthem, and a Blue Rose Presentation by Brotherhood for the Fallen.

The ceremony will take place on Wednesday May 2, 2018 at 11:45 a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m. in the Memorial Courtyard of the Aurora Municipal Center (AMC) Campus.

The media is asked to contact Sergeant Diana Cooley at dcooley@auroragov.org if they are planning on attending. Interviews will be provided at the end of the ceremony.
Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Apr 30, 2018 at 8:01 AM
  

The press conference on this matter can be viewed by clicking the YouTube link below:
https://youtu.be/B5aNrLuJ5TU

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095



Information previously released on April 10, 2018


In response to the incident that occurred last evening wherein an Aurora Police Officer was involved in a shooting with a suspect, Chief Nick Metz remarked to the suspect’s family, “Incidents like this are tragic on both sides of the spectrum. Our thoughts are with you [suspect’s family] and we will continue to offer support throughout the investigative process.”

Today during a news conference with media outlets, Chief of Police Nick Metz and Lieutenant Hershel Stowell with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit addressed the public in providing additional information pertaining to last evening’s officer-involved shooting. A clearer picture of what occurred was relayed as follows:

At approximately 8:00 P.M. on April 9, 2018 a suspect was located inside a taxi cab near the Crossland Hotel located near East 38th Avenue and North Chambers Road. The said suspect, an adult male, was wanted by police in the City of Federal Heights for Attempt Murder involving a firearm. That incident occurred just a day prior on April 8, 2018. Having this information, members of the APD’s Strategic Response Team (SRT) and the Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team (FAST) began actively attempting to locate the suspect, as he was believed to pose a serious threat to the community.

These officers had information that the suspect was in a taxi cab as a passenger.  The suspect would not allow the driver of the taxi cab to exit the cab and ordered the driver at gunpoint to keep driving. The driver of the taxi cab came to a stop at a red light at East Smith Road and North Chambers Road. The driver fled the taxi leaving the wanted subject in the backseat, where he was now the sole occupant of the vehicle.

Officers from SRT, who were in unmarked vehicles, were adjacent to the taxi when it stopped for the red light. Upon seeing the taxi driver flee from the vehicle, they recognized an opportunity to take the subject into custody with minimal danger to the general public. As officers moved up to the vehicle to take the suspect into custody, shots were fired. Prior to shots being fired, warnings were given by officers. From the course of the investigation, it appears that the suspect fired at officers. The suspect was found to be armed with a handgun.

The suspect sustained injuries at the scene and immediately received medical treatment from an Aurora SWAT paramedic who was at the scene. The suspect was transported to an area hospital where he remains in serious condition as of the writing of this news release.

One officer, a 26-year law enforcement veteran, was placed on paid administrative leave after firing his weapon. This is the officer’s first officer-involved shooting.

Due to the nature of the multiple on-going criminal investigations, the suspect’s identity is not being released at this time and no further information is available for public release.

Anyone who might have witnessed this incident is asked to contact Detective Heath Graw with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at (303) 739-6213. 

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095


Information previously released on April 10, 2018

PRESS CONFERENCE REFERENCE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

WHAT: The Aurora Police Department
WHEN: Tuesday April 10, 2018, 3:15 p.m. (Media please arrive no later than 3:00 p.m.)
WHERE: Aurora Police Headquarters, Office of the Chief of Police, 15001 East Alameda Parkway
WHO: Chief of Police Nick Metz
CONTACT: Sergeant Chris Neiman, Public Information Officer for the Aurora Police Department
(720) 432-5095


Information Previously Released on April 9, 2018

On Monday April 9th, 2018 at approximately 8:00 pm officers with the Aurora Police Department received information that a wanted adult male suspect known to be armed and dangerous was in a vehicle near the intersection of North Chambers Road and East Smith Road. The suspect was wanted for serious crimes committed in the jurisdictions of Federal Heights and Aurora. Members of the Strategic Response Team attempted to apprehend the suspect when shots were fired.

No officers were injured during this incident. The suspect was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. The identity of the suspect is not being released at this time.

The officer/officers involved will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The investigation is being handled by the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit in conjunction with the Denver Police Department. North Chambers Road will be closed in both directions for an undetermined amount of time between East 32nd Ave and East Smith Road while the scene is being processed by investigators.

Anyone who might have witnessed this incident is asked to contact Detective Heath Graw with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6213.

Sergeant Chris Neiman
Public Information Officer 
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

 

 

 

Posted by cneiman@auroragov.org  On Apr 11, 2018 at 8:38 AM
  

UPDATE: Jospeh Lugo (DOB 09/19/1978) has been arrested in connection with the homicide and shooting that occurred on March 20, 2018 at 1097 S. Evanston Way.

This incident remains an active investigation. If you have any information in regards to this incident, please contact Detective Doug Kasten at (303) 739-6107.

Joseph Lugo

Officer Kenneth Forrest
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095

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Information previously released on March 20, 2018

A suspect has been identified in the shooting that left a 21-year-old man dead in Aurora on March 20, 2018.  Joseph Goudy Lugo (DOB 09/19/1978) is wanted on charges of First Degree Murder for shooting two victims outside of an apartment building located at 1097 S. Evanston Way, on March 20, 2018, at about 8:15 A.M.   Lugo is 5'9", 245 lbs., with long black hair, brown eyes, a tattoo of a name on the left front of his forehead and smaller tattoos (also names) on his left and right temples.  Potros Mabany (DOB 8/13/1996) has been identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office as the 21-year-old who was killed in yesterday’s shooting.  The other adult male, who was also shot at the aforementioned location and fled to a nearby 7 Eleven, has since been released from an area hospital. 

We depend on the Aurora community to be an integral part of combating crime, as the community employs thousands of eyes and ears that are not those of police officers.  The Aurora Police Department is therefore asking the public for assistance in locating Lugo because his whereabouts are currently unknown.  Lugo should be considered armed and incredibly dangerous.  If any member of the public sees Lugo, please call 911 immediately and do not approach him.  Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.

 

There have been some questions as to why the Aurora Police Department did not initially release the identity of Lugo.  We would like to remind the public that protecting the integrity of active investigations remains a priority and is paramount to successfully solving criminal cases.  We also want to reiterate that the safety of the public is at the core of our very mission and is a great consideration throughout investigations where suspects are at-large. Often times, identifying suspects prematurely can send dangerous criminals on the run and can give them a desperate edge.  We thank the public for their patience and we want to ensure you that there is much work being done behind the scenes that is aimed at getting dangerous criminals off the street and bring justice to victims. 

Joseph LugoJoseph Lugo


Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095




Information previously released on March 20, 2018

On March 20, 2018 at approximately 08:15 a.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to the area E. Mississippi Ave. and S. Sable Blvd. on the report of a shooting.

Upon arrival to the area, it was learned that two adult male victims were suffering from apparent gunshot wounds in the area.  One male victim was outside of an apartment building at 1097 S. Evanston Way and the other male victim had arrived at the 7 Eleven located at 14593 E Mississippi Ave.  It is believed that both men were shot at 1097 S. Evanston Way and then one of the males walked to 7 Eleven on foot after being shot.

 

 

Both males were transported to an area hospital.  The male who was located at 7 Eleven is in stable condition while the other victim, who was located at 1097 S. Evanston Way, was pronounced deceased.  Out of an abundance of caution, Gateway High School was placed on lockdown when officers initially responded to the report of a shooting, due to the geographical proximity of the school.  It has been determined that this shooting has no nexus to Gateway High School and no parties involved were Gateway High School Students.  

 

The Aurora Major Crimes/ Homicide Unit responded to the location to resume the criminal investigation.  Detectives are working diligently to identify who is responsible for the shooting.  We are asking members of the public to come forward with any information pertaining to this incident.  Members of the public should report any known information to Detective Doug Kasten at (303) 739-6107.  Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.

 

The deceased victim will be identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office at a later date, pending the notification of next of kin.  There is no further information available for public release at this time.

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095

 

Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Mar 28, 2018 at 4:09 PM
  

On March 16, 2018 at approximately 2:45 p.m., Aurora Police Officers responded from around the entire city to the Town Center at Aurora Mall located at 14200 E. Alameda Ave. on the report of shots fired from inside the mall.

As Officers quickly arrived on scene, it was discovered that this was not an active shooter situation but rather an isolated disturbance between three adult male parties.  Through the course of the investigation, it was learned that a physical fight took place between parties and at least one gunshot was fired as a result of the physical altercation.  All three parties fled from within the mall and were quickly apprehended outside of the mall.  Two of the three male parties were transported to area hospitals to be evaluated for minor injuries.

Certain parts of the mall were briefly secured or evacuated during this incident but a speedy resolution to the incident allowed the mall to stay open for business.  The Aurora Police Department would like to note that the strong working relationship between the police department and mall management was evident during yesterday’s incident.  Police Officers were able to work closely with mall staff and officers even viewed live security camera feeds at the mall to efficiently take parties into custody.

Two males have been arrested in connection with this incident and are identified as Keshaun Thomas-Dunn (07/29/1998) and Devonte Shead (02/22/1998).  Thomas-Dunn was arrested with Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender and Aggravated Assault.  Shead was arrested for Attempted Second Degree Murder.  Thomas-Dunn’s and Shead’s mugshots are listed below.  The third male, who was in the company of Thomas-Dunn and Shead, was arrested for unrelated warrants and he is currently not facing charges in relation to this incident.  This third male is not being identified since he is not facing charges stemming from this incident.

The case is now in the hands of the 18th Judicial District and therefore further public inquiries into the details of the case will be referred to their organization.  It should be noted that all arrests in this case are merely accusations and the arrested persons are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty.

Keshaun Thomas-Dunn  Devonte Shead
Keshaun Thomas-Dunn                                                       Devonte Shead


Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095

Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Mar 17, 2018 at 4:41 PM
  
On December 14th, 2017, at 12:11 AM, Patrol Officers responded to a report of a crash at North Airport Bl. and East Centertech Ave.  When they arrived, they found that a Grey 2002 Honda Civic had been travelling at a high rate of speed southbound on N. Airport Bl. approaching E. Centertech Ave. in the center lane. For unknown reasons, it started to lose control and moved into the left lane.  The driver overcorrected, started to spin and struck a tree on the right side of the road. 

The driver (sole occupant) was pronounced deceased on scene.  There were several witnesses that remained on scene to speak with Officers.  Traffic investigations is handling this crash.  The identity of the driver is not being released pending notification of next of kin. 

Speed is a contributing factor in this crash.  The Aurora Police Department reminds drivers that maintaining appropriate speeds saves lives.

Sergeant William Revelle
Traffic Investigations
303 739 6374
Posted by wrevelle@auroragov.org  On Dec 14, 2017 at 2:02 AM
  
On December 12th, 2017 at approximately 6:20p.m. Aurora Police responded to an apartment at 165 South Sable Boulevard on a welfare check. Upon arrival officers made entry into the apartment and located a deceased 57 year old female. Her death is being investigated as a homicide by the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. 

The name of the victim is not being released at this time and will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once the victim has been positively identified and her next of kin have been notified. 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Agent Warren Miller with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6117. Tipsters can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Acting Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Dec 13, 2017 at 3:35 PM
  
On November 20, 2017, at approximately 5:16 pm officers were dispatched to 481 South Kalispell Way on a report of a shooting. Upon arrival officers found an 18 year old black male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition until November 24, 2017 when he succumbed to his injuries.

The investigation has revealed that the shooting was felonious and as a result one person is currently in custody in connection with the homicide. This is still an ongoing and active investigation so minimal information is being released at this time.

The identity of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s office.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Alton Reed with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6068.


Acting Sergeant Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 
Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Nov 28, 2017 at 4:51 PM
  

On November 17, 2017 at approximately 9:30 P.M, Aurora Police officers responded to B K Liquors located at 14293 E 6th Ave on the report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers located an adult male in the parking lot who was suffering from a gunshot wound. The male was transported to an area hospital where he currently remains in critical condition. 

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are currently following on up leads and interviewing witness to determine what events lead up to the shooting and to identify a potential suspect(s) . The identity of the victim is not being released at this time.

The investigation into this incident is active and on-going. There is no further information to release at this time.

Anyone who has information regarding this case is asked to call Detective Jamie Krieger with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6113 or they can 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 Kenneth Forrest
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
303.739.6616

Posted by kforrest@auroragov.org  On Nov 22, 2017 at 1:18 PM
  

On November 20, 2017 at approximately 5:15 P.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to a residence near the 400 block of S. Kalispell Way on the report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, Officers located an 18 year-old male who was suffering from a gunshot wound.  The male was transported to an area hospital where he currently remains in critical condition. 

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are following-up on up leads and interviewing witnesses to determine what events lead up to the shooting.  The identity of the victim is not being released at this time.

There is not currently believed to be any threat to the public as a result of this occurrence.

The investigation into this shooting is active and on-going. There is no further information to release at this time.

Anyone who has information regarding this case is asked to call Detective Alton Reed with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6068 or they can 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 Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
303.739.6038

 

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Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Nov 20, 2017 at 9:41 PM
  
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