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 Media Relations Unit.

Media Relations Unit Staff:

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-Commanding Officer
Agent Matthew Longshore-Public Information Officer
Officer Crystal McCoy-Public Information Officer

To reach a member of the Media Relations Unit call 720.432.5095 or email apdpio@auroragov.org. If you are a member of the public and you have a question, request, comment or concern, email ContactAPD@auroragov.org.

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On July 9, 2021 at 10:00 p.m., officers responded to a car crash involving a blue MINI Cooper and a red Honda Civic on eastbound East Colfax Avenue one half of a mile east of Himalaya Street.

The initial investigation suggests the MINI Cooper was traveling eastbound on East Colfax Avenue at a high rate of speed then ran through a red light at Tower Road. Meanwhile, the driver of the Honda Civic was stopped on the eastbound shoulder of East Colfax Avenue facing westbound attempting to make a U-turn back into the proper direction on East Colfax Avenue.  While making the U-turn the Honda Civic was broadsided by the MINI Cooper. Investigators have not yet been able to determine to what degree, if any at all, that speed, alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash. 

The 51-year-old male driver of the MINI Cooper was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.  His identity will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next-of-kin have been notified. 

The 32-year-old female driver of the Honda Civic was extricated from her vehicle and transported to the hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jul 10, 2021 at 12:43 PM
  
On July 6th, 2021 investigators learned that an armed and dangerous fugitive wanted for homicide was staying at the Wolf's Motor Inn located at 15691 East Colfax Avenue.  

At approximately 7:15p.m. the Aurora Police Department SWAT Team was summoned to the hotel to apprehend the suspect. For several hours crisis negotiators attempted to talk the suspect into surrendering peacefully; however he refused to leave his room.  During the standoff it was learned that a woman was also in the suspect's room.   

At around 10:04p.m. an officer heard a gunshot coming from the room.  SWAT Officers forced entry into the room and more shots were fired and the suspect was struck.  He was loaded into an ambulance and taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Two SWAT Officers who entered the room also received minor injuries during the incident. 

The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) for the 17th Judicial District responded and will be investigating this officer involved shooting incident.  The CIRT Team conducts independent, multi-agency investigations into officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths that occur in Adams and Broomfield Counties. As part of Police Chief Vanessa Wilson's "A New Way" Plan to rebuild trust with the community, the Aurora Police Department joined the CIRT Teams for both the 17th and 18th Judicial Districts In April of this year.   

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Jul 07, 2021 at 3:43 AM
  
On July 5, 2021 at 8:12a.m. Aurora Police responded to a report of a one car crash involving a moving truck at East Colfax Avenue and Interstate 225.

Preliminary investigation reveals that a 20-foot moving truck, which was hauling a car trailer with a car on it, traveled off of the right side of Colfax Avenue striking the I-225 overpass abutment.  The truck then continued to travel eastbound for approximately 50 feet and struck a sign pole.  The driver of the truck was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  

Investigators do not believe that speed or alcohol were contributing factors. It is suspected that the driver experienced a medical incident prior to the crash.  His identity is not being released at this time and will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified. 

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.509
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Jul 05, 2021 at 12:03 PM
  
On July 2nd, 2021 at approximately 9:45p.m. the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a one car rollover crash on North Airport Boulevard and East 8th Avenue.

Preliminary investigation reveals that a white Honda CRV was traveling northbound on North Airport Boulevard when it traveled off of the right side of the roadway and rolled ejecting both the driver and passenger.  Both occupants were transported to a local hospital where the passenger succumb to her injuries.  The driver is still hospitalized.  

Traffic investigators believe that speed and alcohol played a factor in this fatal crash.  

The identity of the passenger is not being released at this time and will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office once she has been positively identified and next of kin have notified. 

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit 
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Jul 03, 2021 at 8:55 AM
  

(June 20) On Sunday June 20, 2021 at approximately 4:19 a.m., the Public Safety Dispatch Center (PSDC) received at least 50 calls for service reporting shots being fired or an active shooter in a shopping mall parking lot located at 12455 East Mississippi Avenue.

 Upon officer’s arrival to the scene they were confronted with a very large crowd where they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Officers began Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the adult male until he was transported to a nearby hospital. Tragically, he later succumbed to his injuries. His name is not being released at this time, but will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified.

Four additional victims, three adult males and one adult female, self-transported to area hospitals. Their injuries range from minor to serious, but not life threatening.

 Information provided to investigators at this time has revealed there was a Juneteenth celebration in an unnamed unit of the shopping mall. At some point earlier in the evening presumed organizers of the celebration began denying access to the unit. This led many attendees to gather in the parking lot. 

 It is currently unknown who organized the gathering, or the name of the establishment in the unnamed unit.  That is information investigators will aim to determine in their ongoing investigation.

 Crime Scene Investigators continue to process the scene and have collected more than 114 shell casings as of this writing. Early information indicates there were multiple shooters involved in this incident. Investigators continue to interview witnesses to determine accurate suspect descriptions which will be shared publicly once known.

 This scene is expected to be active much of the day and will disrupt businesses operational capacity during this time.  If you have a vehicle at the scene inside of the crime scene, please call PSCD to get further information on how you can retrieve or access your vehicle if needed while the crime scene is active.

 We are asking anyone who has any information related to this incident to share their tips with Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP. Their tips can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jun 20, 2021 at 11:59 AM
  

Aurora to Host Juneteenth Celebration Event
Singer-songwriter Toney Rocks among the performers


AURORA, Colo. - A Juneteenth celebration featuring live entertainment, kid's activities and community resources will be held Saturday, June 19, at Town Center at Aurora, 14200 E. Alameda Parkway. The event, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m., is sponsored by the Aurora Police Department, city of Aurora, Town Center at Aurora and ReACT (Responding to Aurora's Critical Topics), a volunteer group.

Aurora’s Juneteenth celebration is a family event that will include youth performances, a storyteller, local exhibitors, and musical acts, including Las Vegas singer-songwriter Toney Rocks.

The event will be located inside the shopping mall. "Town Center at Aurora is honored to partner with the City of Aurora to provide a free event in celebration of Juneteenth. We invite the community to join us as we work to create an equitable future for all based on empathy, love and respect." Joel Boyd, General Manager of Town Center at Aurora.

"Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom and an opportunity to promote an inclusive community," said Claudine McDonald, Aurora Police Department's Community Relations Chief Executive. "When a community member brought the idea for this event to our ReACT group, we knew this fit right in with Chief Wilson's 'New Way' plan to elevate community voices and show our commitment to a collaborative and community-based future."

"A New Way" is Police Chief Vanessa Wilson's plan for restoring community trust.

"Planning a community event during the pandemic has been a challenge. But our desire to bring Aurora together to learn more about each other, recognize our humanity and where our lives may connect in surprising ways - this is what made us push forward with the event. We invite everyone to come learn more about history and grow together as a community," said Gerald Brewer, Chair, ReACT.

Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when news of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation reached African Americans in Texas and commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The historical significance of the event is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate Aurora's diverse cultures.

For scheduled line up of events and exhibitors, please visit www.auroragov.org/Juneteenth.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jun 10, 2021 at 3:03 PM
  

The Aurora Police Department, in partnership with Food Bank of the Rockies, area school districts, and local nonprofit organizations, will host a Summer Kick-Off event on Saturday, June 5, at Overland High School, 12400 E. Jewell Ave. in Aurora. This free event is open to the public and will provide food and resources to 1,000 Aurora families. The event begins at 10 a.m. and will continue until all food has been distributed.

All Aurora households are eligible regardless of income, size or status. Food items will include ready-to-eat meals, canned and boxed goods, grains, fresh produce, dairy and protein. In addition, 30,000 diapers, 5,000 pounds of pet supplies and 1,000 summer activity packs will be distributed to community members. Summer activity packs include books, at-home activities, water bottles, online resources and community engagement opportunities for kids and teens.

If you drive to the event, remain in your car and wait your turn in line; do not park and leave your vehicle. If you are walking, please remember to practice social distancing while waiting your turn and wear a face covering.

For more information about this event, contact APDCommunity@auroragov.org or 303.739.7281.

What: The Aurora Police Department, in partnership with Food Bank of the Rockies, area school districts, Denver7 News and other nonprofit organizations, is hosting a drive-thru kick-off event to provide food and resources to 1,000 Aurora families.
Who: Aurora Police Department, Food Bank of the Rockies, Aurora Public Schools, Cherry Creek School District, Denver7, Aurora Animal Services, Colorado Pet Pantry, Racing for Paws, SECORCares, WeeCycle and Servicios de La Raza have partnered on this event.
When: Saturday, June 5. The event begins at 10 a.m. and will continue until all food has been distributed.
Media is invited for interviews between 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Overland High School
12400 E. Jewell Ave., Aurora, CO 80012
Why: The past year has caused hardships for many local families. By leveraging resources, community partners are able to expand their reach with the goal of helping Aurora families start the summer with much needed food, baby and pet supplies and summer activity packs to keep teens and kids active.

Event Coordinator: Joshua Nicholas, Senior Community Engagement Specialist, Aurora Police Department

Interview Opportunities:
• Claudine McDonald, Community Relations Chief Executive– Aurora Police Department
• Katie Lopez, Assistant Director of Nutrition Services – Aurora Public Schools
• Erin Pulling, President/CEO – Food Bank of the Rockies
• Julissa Soto, Director of Statewide Programs, Servicios de La Raza
• Amy Pfister, Community Outreach Coordinator, SECORCares
• Christina Stinson, Executive Director, Aurora Interfaith Community Services
• Community Volunteers


Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095

KickOff KickOff

Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jun 04, 2021 at 7:52 AM
  
(June 2, 2021) On May 17, 2021, around 5:54 p.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to the Flying J, located at 16751 East 32nd Avenue, on an injured person call. An adult male was transported to the hospital after falling backwards and hitting his head in the parking lot of the business. This male was later pronounced deceased on May 20, 2021.

The Adams County Coroner later performed an autopsy and has since ruled this death a homicide. Following this determination, detectives with our Major Crimes Homicide Unit has been investigating this case. The victim has been positively identified as 72-year-old Kevin Stymiest.

Investigators have determined that an argument in the parking lot led to a physical altercation between the victim and another adult male. During the fight, the victim was punched and fell backwards which is when he suffered the fatal injuries. The other male involved in the altercation is cooperating with the investigation and we are consulting with the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for potential criminal charges, if any. This other male will not be identified at this time. 

Anyone who might have information on this case, that has not yet spoken to detectives, is asked to submit an online crime tip by going to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers or calling 720.913.7867. Tipsters can also remain anonymous.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jun 03, 2021 at 1:47 PM
  
(May 26) On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at approximately 09:00 a.m., District 2 Patrol Officers responded to a shooting at 1305 South Elkhart Way.

Officers located an adult male who had been shot inside of an apartment. This male suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene. Suspect information was gathered by witness statements and a positive identification of the shooter was obtained. The suspect, Demajhea Tuggle (02/02/2003), was quickly located and arrested by our Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team. He was booked into the Aurora Jail on 1st Degree Murder charges. A booking photo is available at the bottom of this press release.

This case continues to be investigated by our Major Crimes Homicide Unit. The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after a positive identification has been made, and his next-of-kin has been notified.

Anyone that has information about this case is asked to 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.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Demajhea Tuggle

*there has been a correction to the suspect's name above. It was previously spelled Demaijhea, but should have been Demajhea*
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On May 27, 2021 at 3:06 PM
  
On May 1st, 2021 at approximately 2:40a.m. Aurora Police responded to a report of a single vehicle roll over crash on westbound I-70 between the E-470 tollway and the East Colfax Avenue Exit.

Upon arrival officers located a single vehicle that had traveled off of the right side of the roadway and rolled over.  During the crash the adult male driver of the vehicle had been ejected, he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The westbound lanes of the Interstate were closed for several hours while the crash was investigated.

The cause of this crash is still under investigation by the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit.  The identity of the driver will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified. 

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer/Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On May 01, 2021 at 9:42 AM
  
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