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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 Sergeant Diana Cooley-Unit Supervisor
Officer Ken Forrest-Public Information Officer
Officer Bill Hummel-Public Information Officer

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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
  
On February 12, 2018, the Aurora Police Department held a press conference to update the public and media on the officer involved shooting that occurred on February 10, 2018. Below is a summary of the details given at the press conference. For more details and to view the press conference Click Here .
 
The investigation has revealed that the incident began on February 9th (the night before the shooting) at 9: 13 p.m. with a reported felony menacing at I225 and East Mississippi Avenue. In this incident, the subject pointed a handgun at the reporting party. The reporting party described an armed individual and a suspect vehicle. The officers that responded were unable to locate the armed subject or vehicle and a report was taken.

On February 10th, at 11:27 p.m. the same officers who had taken the report of the felony menacing from the day before were in the area of East Smoky Hill Road and South Chambers Road when they observed the suspect vehicle from the felony menacing. Officers initiated a traffic stop at which time the driver, who fit the description from the felony menacing, exited the vehicle and advanced towards the officers. The subject refused the verbal orders given by the officers. As officers continued to give orders the subject began returning to the vehicle ignoring the officers' commands. As an officer attempted to go hands on with the subject, the subject produced a handgun and the officer discharged their duty weapon striking the subject.

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

Anyone with information to this incident is asked to contact Detective Todd Fredericksen at 303.739.6106.

Officer Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-.432.5095


Information Previously Released on February 12, 2018
 
PRESS CONFERENCE REFERENCE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

WHAT: The Aurora Police Department
WHEN: Monday February 12, 2018, 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



Information previous released on February 11, 2018

On February 10, 2018 at approximately 11:28 pm officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of East Smoky Hill Road and South Mobile Way. Officers at the scene contacted an adult male subject in the vehicle. A short time later, an officer fired his weapon at the subject. Officers on scene immediately rendered aid to the subject who was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. A weapon was located in the subjects vehicle.

There were no injuries to the officers involved.

Detectives and investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation into this case. This is an active an ongoing investigation. 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.

Anyone with information to this incident is asked to contact Detective Todd Fredericksen at 303.739.6106.

Officer Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-.432.5095
Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Feb 12, 2018 at 7:06 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 kforrest@auroragov.org  On Oct 13, 2017 at 1:10 AM
  
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 whummel@auroragov.org  On Jul 05, 2017 at 8:34 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 camsler@auroragov.org  On Jun 21, 2017 at 2:19 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 dcooley@auroragov.org  On Apr 04, 2017 at 1:49 PM
  

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

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit


Information previously released on November 9th, 2016

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at approximately 11:21 a.m. Aurora Police were dispatched to a report of a party shot at 142 Del Mar Circle. Upon officers arrival they located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers on scene rendered aid to the victim and rescue personnel were summoned to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

 

Officers received information that the suspect involved in the shooting was possibly at a residence in Denver at 14572 East 46th Avenue. When the officers arrived, shots were exchange between the suspect and the officers. An Aurora Police Officer was shot and transported to the hospital where he remains in stable condition.

 

Detectives from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit are handling the investigation into the Del Mar Circle Homicide. Since the officer involved shooting occurred in the city limits of Denver, the Denver Police Department is taking lead on this investigation. Major Crimes Detectives will be assisting.

 

Anyone with information about the Del Mar Circle homicide is asked to call Major Crimes/Homicide Unit Detective Matt Ingui at (303)739-6067.

 
All media inquiries in reference to the officer involved shooting investigation should be directed to the Denver Police Department Media Relations Unit.


Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Nov 09, 2016 at 6:40 PM
  
WHAT: The Aurora Police and Denver Police Department’s will be holding a joint press conference to brief the media about the circumstances surrounding the shooting of an Aurora Police Officers that occurred at 14572 East 46th Avenue in Denver.

WHEN:           Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 11:30a.m.

WHERE:         Aurora Police Headquarters (15001 East Alameda Parkway) at 11:30p.m.

WHO:             Chief of Police Nicholas Metz, Aurora Police Department
                       Lt. Matt Clark, Denver Police Department Homicide Unit
  
The conference will be held in a secure location inside of police headquarters so the media is asked to arrive prior to 11:15p.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 camsler@auroragov.org  On Nov 09, 2016 at 11:53 AM
  

On Tuesday September 6, 2016 officers were looking for Michael Smith DOB: 06/09/85 who was wanted for a parole violation in connection with convictions of kidnapping and motor vehicle theft. Members of the Strategic Response Team were able to locate Smith at approximately 1:00 p.m. at Montview Bar and Grill located at 11680 East Montview Boulevard.

When Smith exited the establishment the officers gave him verbal orders in an attempt to take him into custody without incident. Smith did not comply with the orders given to him by officers and less lethal was used but was ineffective. Smith instead fled from the officers while brandishing a handgun. At that point, one officer discharged his service weapon which did not strike Smith.

Smith continued to run from our officers but was eventually taken into custody after being tased. As a precaution, Smith was transported to a local hospital where he was later released. Smith is currently in custody on the parole violation. New charges are pending.

Detectives and investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation into this case. This is an active investigation, and the scene has not been released. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Agent Tom Welton at 303-739-6107. 

Officer Diana Cooley 
Public Information Officer 
Media Relations Unit

Posted by Guest  On Sep 06, 2016 at 5:45 PM
  
The Aurora Police Department is investigating a carjacking followed by shots fired by Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Deputies.
On Thursday June 16, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. Aurora Police officers were dispatched to a carjacking which occurred at 13770 East Rice Place. The vehicle description and license plate was relayed to Aurora Police Department officers, and the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.

An Arapahoe County deputy located the suspect vehicle, and attempted to conduct a traffic stop in his marked patrol vehicle. After the suspect vehicle failed to stop, the Arapahoe County deputy was given authorization to pursue, and initiate the precision immobilization technique (PIT).

An Arapahoe County Deputy initiated the PIT maneuver on the suspect vehicle temporarily disabling the vehicle. Shots were fired by the Arapahoe County deputies as they attempted to effect an arrest of the suspects. The suspect vehicle continued and then collided a second time with the deputies vehicle. The suspect vehicle was disabled in the front yard of a house east of South Winston Street and East El Dorado Place.

One adult male suspect was taken into custody and a second adult male was detained and later released. One of the suspects was transported to the hospital with minor injuries related to the vehicle collision. One Arapahoe County Sheriff’s deputy was treated for minors injuries related to the vehicle collision.

This is an ongoing investigation and interviews are still being conducted. The name of the officers involved is not being released at this time.

Detectives from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation into this case. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Agent Charles Mehl.

Officer Diana Cooley 
Public Information Officer 
Media Relations Unit 
(720) 432-5095
Posted by Guest  On Jun 16, 2016 at 7:53 PM
  
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