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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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DISCLAIMER: Information is subject to change as case investigations proceed. Individuals arrested on the basis of probable cause have not been charged. All arrestees are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. 


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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 [email protected]  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 [email protected]  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 [email protected]  On Nov 20, 2017 at 9:41 PM
  
On Thursday October 12, 2017 at 9:26 p.m. officers from the Gang Intervention Unit were investigating a possible stolen vehicle in the 1000 block of South Fairplay Way.

Officers approached the vehicle and upon contact with two juvenile males a shot was fired by one of the officers. Both males were removed from the vehicle and detained. No injuries were sustained by the males or the involved officers.

The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The investigation is being handled by the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit in conjunction with the Denver Police Department.

At this point the investigation has revealed that there is no danger to the public.

Police are asking anyone who might have witnessed this incident to call Agent Jamie Krieger with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6113

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


Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 13, 2017 at 1:10 AM
  
Aurora CO
October 12th, 2017

At 6:11AM, Aurora Communications received calls from citizens that a car vs. bicycle crash had occurred on Smith Rd. east of N. Tower Rd.  Responding police and medical personnel located the crash in the 19100 block of E. Smith Rd.  This location is an industrial area, and there is no lighting on the roadway.  It was dark at that time.  Smith Rd. is a 2 lane roadway.

Initial investigation indicates that an adult male, wearing dark clothing, was riding a bicycle west along E. Smith Rd., approximately 3 feet from the shoulder, or into the westbound lane of travel.  A 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, occupied by an adult male, was traveling westbound, and struck the bicyclist. 

Medical personnel transported the bicyclist to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.

Speed or alcohol / drug impairment do not seem to be a factor at this time.

The Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit is actively investigating this crash.

Bicyclists are reminded to always wear reflective gear, and when travelling during darkness to utilize a bicycle lighting system if possible.

The Adams County Coroners office will be releasing the name of the bicyclist, once notification of next of kin is done.

No further information will be released at this time.


Contact:
Sergeant Mark Elliot
Aurora Police Traffic Investigations
303-739-6202
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 12, 2017 at 11:04 AM
  

On Friday October 6, 2017 at approximately 5:00 P.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to a residence located in the 1200 block of S. Fultondale Cir. to check the welfare of a party. 

Upon arrival, the responding Officers heard a single gunshot come from inside the residence that they had been dispatched to.  Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of Officers on scene, additional resources were requested to the scene to include members of Aurora’s Strategic Response Team (SRT).  From this point, SRT Officers began to systematically check the residence.  Ultimately, two deceased adults were located inside the residence.

The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is investigating this incident to determine exactly what occurred.  At this time, the Aurora Police Department does not believe that any circumstances pose a danger to the public at large.

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

This investigation remains open and is very active.  The Aurora Police Department is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact Detective Alton Reed with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at (303) 739-6068.  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 [email protected]  On Oct 06, 2017 at 10:04 PM
  
On the afternoon of September 6, 2017, members of the Aurora Police Department made an arrest in connection with this case.  Michael Christopher Taylor (DOB 03/09/1983) was arrested for the charge of attempted first-degree murder.  The case will be reviewed by the Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office.

The victim in this case still remains in critical condition.

At this time, a photograph of Taylor will not be released because there is still follow-up to be conducted in this investigation.

The investigation remains open and is on-going.  There is no further information to provide at this time.  

Investigators would still like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed this shooting or with anyone who has information about this case. Witnesses are asked to call Detective Mike Prince with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6127 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



Information previous released on September 5, 2017

On September 5, 2017 at approximately 2:40 P.M., Aurora Police Officers were dispatched to Shaus Motorsport located at 15551 E. 6th Ave. on the report of a shooting. Responding Officers located an adult male inside of the business who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Officers rendered medical aid until paramedics arrived and subsequently transported the victim to an area hospital.

In the early stages of the investigation, information lead officers to the area of Hinkley High School. Officers determined through the course of investigation that an incident at the school was unrelated to the shooting. As a precaution, Hinkley High school was placed on a lockout status for approximately 30 minutes.

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are following up on leads and interviewing witnesses to determine what events lead up to the shooting.

The identity of the victim, who remains in critical condition, 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.

Investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed this shooting or with anyone who has information about this case. Witnesses are asked to call Detective Mike Prince with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6127 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.

We will provide further updates when information becomes available.

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
303.739.6038
Posted by [email protected]  On Sep 06, 2017 at 6:09 PM
  
At 3:16 this afternoon the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a shooting in the area of E Louisiana Ave and S Yampa Way. When officers arrived on scene they located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are following on up leads and interviewing witnesses to determine what events lead up to the shooting and to identify potential suspect(s) .

The identity of the victim 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 next of kin have been notified.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Heath Graw with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6213 or 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.

This is an active and open investigation and therefore no further information is available at this time.

Officer Kenneth Forrest
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
303.739.6616
Posted by [email protected]  On Aug 17, 2017 at 6:41 PM
  
Residents of Aurora are invited to celebrate National Night Out (NNO) with the Aurora Police Department and the rest of the country on Tuesday, August the 1st. NNO is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The goal of the campaign is to make Aurora a safer place.

The Police Area Representative Team for District 2, which serves northeast Aurora has announced the District's plans for the evening. There will be a series of parties at several locations throughout the District from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.

NNO party locations:

Landon Park Apartments, 100 S. Sable Blvd.
The Preserve at City Center, 1098 S. Evanston Way.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Jul 28, 2017 at 6:34 PM
  
On July 5, 2017 at approximately 9:10 a.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to a mobile home park in the 1600 Block of N. Pagosa Way on the report of a disturbance involving a gun. Upon arrival, responding Officers heard what was believed to be a gunshot come from inside a mobile home.  An adult male suspect barricaded himself inside of the residence and did not comply with numerous orders to exit the residence.

In the interest of public safety, a reverse 911 call was made to a six-block radius alerting homeowners to stay indoors. Additionally, an Urgent Alert was published on Nextdoor.com warning neighborhood residents of the situation. Officers requested additional resources and eventually Aurora Police's Strategic Response Team (SRT) responded to the scene. Members of the Denver Police Department, Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, and Greenwood Village Police Department responded to assist by providing additional resources at the scene.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., gunfire was exchanged by an Aurora Police Officer and the suspect. Neither the Officer nor suspect were injured by gunfire in this incident.

The suspect was eventually placed in custody after he surrendered. The suspect showed no obvious signs of trauma but was transported to an area hospital for a medical evaluation. The suspect is not being identified at this time due to the nature of the active and on-going investigation.

The investigation is being handled by the Aurora Police 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.  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.

This is still an open investigation and therefore there is no further information to provide at this time.


Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Jul 05, 2017 at 8:34 PM
  
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