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


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

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On 07/03/2017 at approximately 7:45 a.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to The Colorado Freedom Memorial located at 756 N. Telluride St. to investigate damage to the memorial. Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident. The investigation into this incident is still active and on-going. No further information is available at this time. The Aurora Police Department is asking anybody with information regarding this incident to contact Detective Eric White at (303)739-6011.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and report information to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720-913-7867. Tipsters can be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

The Aurora Police Department is also offering a Reward of up to $2,000 from the Aurora Police Reward Fund for information that leads to an arrest and conviction, in the event that this is determined to be a criminal incident.

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Jul 03, 2017 at 12:28 PM
  
UPDATE: The suspect in Sunday's officer involved shooting incident at the Robinwood Condominium complex has been released from the hospital and arrested by Aurora Police.

Keith A. Roberts Jr. was arrested and booked into the Aurora Detention Center on the following charges:
  1. Possession of a Weapon By A Previous Offender
  2. Felony Menacing with a Deadly Weapon
  3. Felony Vehicular Eluding
  4. Warrant for Felony Drugs out of Denver County

Additional charges may be presented to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office as the investigation progresses.
Keith A. Roberts Jr.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Information previously released on June 18th, 2017:

On June 18th at approximately 12p.m. officers from the Denver Police Department, District 5 responded to a report of a felony menacing involving a gun in the area of Elemendorf Place and Tulsa Way.  A short time later Denver Officers located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle in area of East 45th Avenue and North Peoria Street.  When the Denver Officers attempted to make a traffic stop the suspect fled and Denver Police initiated a pursuit which entered the city of Aurora. At one point during the pursuit the suspect pointed a gun at pursuing officers.

The pursuit ended at the entrance of the Robinwood Condominium complex at East Alameda Parkway and East Ohio Avenue after the suspect lost control of his vehicle and crashed. During that time shots were fired by officers from the Denver Police Department. The suspect was struck and transported to a local hospital. He is expected to survive his injuries. A gun was recovered from the suspect's vehicle.

The identity of the suspect, who is an adult male is not being released at this time.

Since this officer involved shooting occurred in the city if Aurora the Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit will be the lead investigating agency. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Agent Steve Conner at 303.739.6190.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by [email protected]  On Jun 21, 2017 at 2:19 PM
  

On Monday May 29, 2017 at approximately 11:36 P.M. officers responded to the 1800 Block of North Eisenhower Way, Friendly Village Mobile Home Park. Officers were conducting an investigation involving a juvenile female. At this time, details about the juvenile female case cannot be released due to her age. During the contact the female was placed in the back seat of a marked patrol vehicle while the officer concluded the investigation.

 

While the officer was parked near the intersection of Pitkin Street and Eisenhower Way, with the juvenile female in the back seat, a suspect approached the vehicle with a gun and fired several shots at the marked patrol vehicle. Fortunately, the officer and the victim were physically unharmed. The suspect fled the scene. A perimeter was quickly set up by responding officers and a juvenile male was contacted and subsequently arrested a short time later.

 

The juvenile male was arrested for two counts of attempted first-degree murder (F2) and possession of handgun by juvenile (M2). The Juvenile male is currently being held without bond. This case is still under investigation and no further details are being released at this time. Once the investigation is complete it will be presented to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

 

The Crime Scene Investigations Unit and District Detectives responded to the scene and are handling the investigation into this incident. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Brandon Rinnan with the District Two Investigations Unit at 303-739-6112.

Officer Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720)432-5095


Posted by [email protected]  On May 30, 2017 at 4:29 PM
  
On Sunday May 21, 2017 at approximately 5:22 p.m. Aurora police officers responded to the City Center North neighborhood at East Ellsworth Avenue and South Sable Boulevard on a report of a man down with injuries.

Upon officers arrival they found an adult male bleeding with injuries, but were unclear on what caused the injuries. Officers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until an ambulance arrived. The adult male was then transported emergent to a nearby hospital where despite all medical efforts to save his life, he succumbed to his injuries at 6:41 p.m. Officers also located another adult female and adult male with stab wounds in the area. Both were transported to a nearby hospital, and are in stable condition. We will not be providing any further updates on their medical conditions.

Officers were able to identify an adult male suspect nearby who was taken into custody without incident at 5:47 p.m. The suspect and victims are all known to one another, and agents have identified all parties involved at this time. There is no threat to the public as a result of this incident. No further information will be provided at this time as to what led officers to the arrest of that suspect to protect the integrity of the investigation.

This homicide remains an active and ongoing investigation. Due to this, none of the involved parties will be identified, nor will a booking photo be released at this time. This case is expected to be filed into the 18th Judicial Districts Attorney's Office at which point all media inquiries should be directed there. 

The identity of the deceased will be provided by the Arapahoe County Coroner's office once he is positively identified, and his next of kin have been notified.

If anyone has information about this homicide they are asked to call Major Crimes Unit Agent C. Lampson at 303-739-6013.

City Center North Neighborhood Map

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
Office of the Chief of Police
Desk: (303) 739-6038
On-Call PIO: (720) 432-5095

Posted by [email protected]  On May 21, 2017 at 10:12 PM
  
Aurora Colorado

On May 5th, 2017 at 9:13am, Aurora Police, and Aurora Fire responded to a single vehicle rollover crash in the 2700 block of north Chambers Rd.   On scene investigation with witnesses, and physical evidence, preliminarily indicates that a 1997 Honda Civic was traveling at a high rate of speed northbound.  Motorists reported the vehicle was weaving through traffic, ultimately losing control and going off the roadway, over and embankment where it rolled over.  There was a single occupant of the Honda, who was pronounced deceased on scene.  No other vehicles or pedestrians were struck. 

This is an active, ongoing investigation under case number 17-16924.  The identity of the driver of the Honda will be released by the Adams County Coroner, pending positive identification.

Sergeant Mark Elliot
Aurora Police Traffic Investigations
Posted by [email protected]  On May 05, 2017 at 5:30 PM
  
DATE: May 3, 2017

CONTACT: Officer Crystal McCoy, PIO
(303) 739-6038

NATURE: 2017 Fallen Police Officer Memorial                                                                                                     

The Chief of Police would like to announce the Aurora Police Department’s 2017 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 2016 which include:

Colorado State Trooper Cody Donahue EOW 11/25/16

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, Rangeview  Jazz Choir singing the National Anthem, and a Blue Rose Presentation by Brotherhood for the Fallen.

The ceremony will take place on Wednesday May 3, 2017 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 Officer Crystal McCoy at [email protected] if they are planning on attending. Interviews will be granted at the end of the ceremony.

Posted by [email protected]  On May 01, 2017 at 9:39 AM
  
On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Aurora Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to one of three disposal sites in Aurora.

Central Aurora: The Medical Center of Aurora, 1501 S. Potomac St.
Northeast Aurora: Pickens Technical College, 500 Airport Blvd.
Southeast Aurora: Saddle Rock Emergency Room, 22500 E. Dry Creek Rd.

(The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 21, 2017 at 9:24 AM
  
Every 15 Minutes Presented by  Hinkley High School & Aurora Police Department on April 3-4, 2017

Life's lessons are best learned through experience. Unfortunately, when the target audience is teens and the topic is drinking and driving, experience is not the teacher of choice.

The Every 15 Minutes Program offers real-life experience without the real-life risks. This emotionally charged program, entitled Every 15 Minutes, is an event designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of driving impaired. This powerful program will challenge students to think about drinking, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved.

Prior to the start of the program, involved students and school faculty members begin by making a short video that will be played at the end of day two to the rest of the Junior and Senior class. This is the video that was produced.

Special thanks to all student participants and community partners who made this possible:
Aurora Public Schools- Hinkley High School
Aurora Fire Rescue
Arapahoe County Coroner
City of Aurora Courts and Detention Center
Children's Hospital Colorado
Colorado Department of Transportation
Falk Rocky Mountain- Aurora
Health One Air Life
Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
M&M Auto Reconditioning


Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 04, 2017 at 3:25 PM
  

UPDATE: Yesterday the Aurora Police Department held a press conference to update the media on this ongoing investigation. You can view an unedited version of the conference here.




Information previously released on April 1st, 2017

On Saturday April 01, 2017,  officers from the Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team, Strategic Response and Tactics unit, and Colorado Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force were conducting surveillance on a wanted adult male suspect known to be armed and dangerous. The suspect  was wanted for aggravated motor vehicle theft out of Denver. Throughout the course of the surveillance the officers received information the suspect was in a vehicle near the 1500 Block of North Sable Boulevard.
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Our officers were able to locate the vehicle and at approximately 3:00 p.m. they attempted to apprehend the suspect. During the course of the apprehension the suspect fled in the vehicle which ended up in a ditch a short distance away.   During the incident an officer fired his weapon at the suspect. The officers rendered aid to the suspect who was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. New charges are pending. There was a juvenile female passenger in the vehicle who was unharmed.

 

The officers has been 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. This is due to the passage of Senate Bill 219 which requires law enforcement agencies to team up with neighboring agencies to investigate officer involved shootings.

 

Police are asking anyone who might have witnessed this incident to call Detective Michael Prince with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6127.

Officer Diana Cooley 
Public Information Officer 
Media Relations Unit 
(720) 432-5095

Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 04, 2017 at 1:49 PM
  

PRESS CONFERENCE REFERENCE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

 

WHAT:          The Aurora Police Department and the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office

WHEN:           Monday April 3, 2017 at 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

 

PRESS CONFERENCE REFERENCE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

 

Aurora, Colorado-The Aurora Police Department will be holding a press conference to brief the media about the circumstances related to an officer involved shooting involving an Aurora Police Officer that occurred near East Colfax and North Sable Boulevard.

 

The conference will take place today at Aurora Police Headquarters (15001 East Alameda Parkway) at 5:00 p.m. Aurora Chief of Police Nick Metz be providing an update on the events of last Saturday.

 

The conference will be held in a secure location inside of police headquarters so the media is asked to arrive prior to 5:00 p.m. at the north doors of police headquarters near the crime lab vehicles. A representative of the Media Relations Unit will then provide access into the building.

 


Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 03, 2017 at 3:08 PM
  
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