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.

Colorado Criminal Justice Records (CCJRA) can be obtained by downloading and completing a CCJRA Request form and e-mailing it to APD-ORR@auroragov.org  If you have any questions you can call the APD Open Records Coordinator at 303.739.6267.    

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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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(July 20) On Tuesday July 20th, 2021 at approximately 12:30 p.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to a domestic violence incident in the 2300 block of South Xanadu Way. The caller advised that a male was armed with a gun and a shot had already been fired in the house.

Upon officers’ arrival, they were confronted with an adult male who was armed with a gun. Officers attempted to de-escalate the situation by giving numerous commands for the male to drop the gun, but he never did. A shot was fired by the male and officers returned fire, striking the male. Medical assistance was immediately called, and the male was transported to the hospital with serious injuries and is expected to survive. The victim of the initial domestic violence call was located, unharmed, and is being given support and resources by our Victim Advocates.

All uniformed officers had their department issued body-worn cameras activated at the time of the incident.

The two involved officers are 11 and 19-year veterans of the Aurora Police Department. Both officers are assigned to District One Patrol. Neither officer has been previously involved in an officer-involved shooting. The two Aurora Police Officers involved in this critical incident have been placed on administrative leave with pay per departmental policy.

The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) for the 18th Judicial District responded and will be investigating this officer involved shooting incident. The CIRT Team for the 18th Judicial District conducts independent, multi-agency investigations into officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths that occur in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Elbert County. 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.

One in three women, and one in four men, experience relationship violence in their lifetime according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence based in Denver. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing relationship violence, please do not be ashamed or embarrassed. We are here to support you. You can call us anytime for assistance at 303.627.3100 or get more information by visiting https://www.auroragov.org/residents/public_safety/police/victim_services___rights.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jul 20, 2021 at 9:48 PM
  

On Monday July 12th, 2021 at 12: 06 a.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to the area of South Memphis Street and East Hampden Avenue in response to a 911 call from the victim of a Domestic Violence incident.

Officers contacted the adult female 911 caller at a 7-11 store located at 15296 East Hampden Avenue at approximately 12:10 a.m. Officers then attempted to coordinate a meeting with suspect of the alleged Domestic Violence incident at the 7-11 store. At approximately 12:30 a.m. a white Ford Taurus arrived at the 7-11 store parking lot. The Ford Taurus drove in the direction of an officer, and the officer made the decision to shoot. The driver of the Ford Taurus fled in the vehicle from the scene. The officer was not injured.

At this time, the driver of the Ford Taurus has not been positively identified and is at-large.  It is not yet known if anyone in the Ford Taurus was injured, or if the driver of the Ford Taurus was the suspect in the Domestic Violence investigation.

The involved officer was hired by the Aurora Police Department in February of 2020 and has not been involved in any prior officer-involved shootings.

All uniformed officers had their department issued body-worn cameras activated at the time of the incident.

The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) for the 18th Judicial District responded and will be investigating this officer involved shooting incident.  The CIRT Team for the 18th Judicial District conducts independent, multi-agency investigations into officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths that occur in Arapahoe and Douglas County. 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. 

 We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness to the events leading up to and after the officer-involved shooting to please contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jul 12, 2021 at 7:58 AM
  
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
  

(June 22, 2020) On Monday, June 22, 2020, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Denver police officers were following an armed carjacking suspect in a vehicle which led them into the city of Aurora. The carjacking originated in the area of East 48th Avenue and North Chambers Road.

The suspect drove the carjacked vehicle into the area of East 35th Place and Abilene Street when the suspect exited and began walking eastbound on East 35th Place. The Aurora Police Department was requested to respond to the area, emergent, to assist the Denver Police Department. The suspect was still armed with a handgun, was wearing a full-faced mask, and was being given clear, loud, verbal commands to drop his weapon. The suspect refused to drop his weapon and instead decided to raise it towards the officers. There was one Aurora Police Officer and five Denver Police Officers who fired their weapons. The suspect was pronounced deceased on scene shortly afterwards.

There were no injuries to any Aurora Police Officers nor Denver police officers and no members of the public were injured as a result of this incident.  Any further requests for information related to the involved Denver police officers should be directed to the Denver Police Department Public Affairs Office. Any inquires relating to the officer-involved shooting investigation will be directed to our agency. All involved uniformed officers were wearing their department issued body worn cameras.

In accordance with Senate Bill 15-219 members of the Aurora Police Department, Denver Police Department, and the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will investigate this officer-involved shooting.  Once this investigation is completed, it will then be presented to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for a criminal culpability review.

We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness to the events leading up to and after the officer-involved shooting to please contact Agent Frederickson at 303.739.6106 or by reaching out to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jun 22, 2020 at 4:58 PM
  
(January 26, 2020) UPDATE: On Saturday January 25th, 2020, at approximately 8:54 p.m., Denver police officers were pursuing an armed robbery suspect in a vehicle which led them into the City of Aurora.  

The armed robbery suspect, an adult male, was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries later in the evening on January 25th, 2020.  The identity of the male will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office pending positive identification, and notification of his next-of-kin.

An adult female and juvenile male were also occupants of the suspect vehicles.  The adult female has been arrested and charged with at least Aggravated Robbery.  Her identify will not be released at this time to not impede early investigative efforts.  

The juvenile male was the third and final occupant of the suspect vehicles.  The juvenile male was arrested on unrelated active criminal warrants, and charges are pending against in him related to this investigation.  No further information will be released on him due to him being a juvenile.

Any further requests for information related to the involved Denver police officers or their actions should be directed to the Denver Police Department Public Affairs Office. 
 
In accordance with Senate Bill 15-219 members of the Aurora Police Department, Denver Police Department, and the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will investigate this officer-involved shooting.  Once this investigation is complete it will be presented to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for a criminal culpability review.
 
We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness to the events leading up to and after the officer-involved shooting to contact Agent Graw at 303.739.6213.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095



information previously released on January 25, 2020:

(January 25, 2020) On Saturday January 25th, 2020, at approximately 8:54 p.m., Denver police officers were pursuing an armed robbery suspect in a vehicle which led them into the City of Aurora.  

The suspects vehicle crashed into at least two cars on Interstate 225 (I-225) and East Colfax Avenue. The suspect then carjacked a silver sedan and fled the scene continuing to travel east on East Colfax Avenue to Airport Boulevard. The suspect vehicle then drove north in the southbound lanes on Airport Boulevard.

In the 2400 block of East Airport Boulevard Denver Police Officers may have attempted a pursuit intervention technique, or P.I.T. maneuver, which successfully disabled the silver sedan. The suspect, and two other occupants, fled on foot and unsuccessfully attempted to carjack a nearby silver minivan.

Finally, the suspect carjacked a nearby maroon SUV, but Denver police officers were able to stop and pin that SUV. During this final encounter with the suspect a Denver police officer made the decision to discharge their weapon striking the suspect.

The suspect, an adult male, was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.

During a subsequent search of the carjacked maroon SUV, a handgun was found and collected for evidence.

This incident will cause traffic closures in the 2400 block of Airport Boulevard for several hours while officers continue to investigate this complex scene.
 
The involved Denver police officer(s) nor any members of the public were injured as a result of this incident.  Any further requests for information related to the involved Denver police officers should be directed to the Denver Police Department Public Affairs Office. 
 
In accordance with Senate Bill 15-219 members of the Aurora Police Department, Denver Police Department, and the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will investigate this officer-involved shooting.  Once this investigation is complete it will be presented to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for a criminal culpability review.
 
We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness to the events leading up to and after the officer-involved shooting to contact Agent Graw at 303.739.6213.
 
Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
 
Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jan 26, 2020 at 6:08 PM
  

(January 8, 2020) On Wednesday January 8, 2020, at approximately 8:24 a.m. Aurora Police Officers were dispatched to the area of East Tennessee Place and South Truckee Street on a report of suspicious parties in the area.

 

The 911 caller described the suspicious parties as two juvenile females and one juvenile male, all approximately 15 years of age, who were associated with a red Honda CRV.  The caller also advised the parties were looking into homes, and believed they may be attempting to commit a burglary.  Officers learned the Honda CRV was stolen out of Colorado Springs as they were arriving on scene.

 

Upon officers arrival they confronted a juvenile male in the stolen vehicle.  The officer made the decision to discharge his weapon which did not strike the juvenile male.  The juvenile male was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.  A handgun was recovered from the vehicle.

 

All responding officers were equipped with body-worn cameras and will be reviewed as part of this investigation.  The involved officer has worked for the Aurora Police Department for 15 years, and has not been involved in any prior officer-involved shootings at the Aurora Police Department.  The officer will be placed on administrative leave per Aurora Police Department policy.

 

This incident is being investigated by members of the Aurora Police Department, Denver Police Department and the 18th Judicial District Attorneys Office in accordance with Senate Bill 15-219.

 

Once this investigation is complete it will be presented to the 18th Judicial District Attorneys Office for criminal culpability review. We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness to the events leading up to and after the officer-involved shooting to contact Agent Sutherland at 303.739.6406.

 

Officer Crystal McCoy

Public Information Officer

Aurora Police Department

720.432.5095



Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jan 08, 2020 at 1:22 PM
  

(January 6, 2020) On Monday January 6, 2020, Denver police officers were conducting a stolen vehicle investigation in the City of Denver which led them into the City of Aurora. 

 

At approximately 6:05 p.m. Denver police officers requested emergency assistance from the Aurora Police Department while in the 13700 block of East Iliff Avenue after an adult male exited the stolen vehicle and fled on foot.  

During the ensuing
 foot pursuit, the male produced a handgun and at least one Denver police officer made the decision to discharge their weapon striking the armed male who later succumbed to his injuries in an area hospital at approximately 6:33 p.m. 


The identity of the male will be released by the Denver County Coroner’s Office pending positive identification, and notification of his next-of-kin. 

 

This officer-involved shooting caused the southbound off-ramp from I-225 onto East Iliff Avenue to be closed for several hours while officers investigated this incident. 

 

The involved Denver police officer(s) nor any members of the public were injured as a result of this incident.  Any further requests for information related to the involved Denver police officers should be directed to the Denver Police Department Public Affairs Office. 

 

In accordance with Senate Bill 15-219 members of the Aurora Police Department, Denver Police Department, and the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will investigate this officer-involved shooting.  Once this investigation is complete it will be presented to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for a criminal culpability review.

 

We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness to the events leading up to and after the officer-involved shooting to contact Agent J. Krieger at 303.739.6113.

 

Officer Crystal McCoy

Public Information Officer

Aurora Police Department

720.432.5095

 

 

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jan 06, 2020 at 11:48 PM
  

(November 11, 2019) UPDATE: We understand and appreciate the community’s concern and desire for information when our officers are involved in critical incidents. We continue to strive to provide as much information as possible, without jeopardizing the investigative process, while working in coordination with the appropriate District Attorney’s office.

We are releasing only a small portion of the body-worn camera footage from the primary officer after he first arrives on scene. That video can be viewed at the following link:

https://youtu.be/4CNkFyNhGX0

Below is an image captured from the body-worn camera that depicts the rifle that was found in the room where the suspect dove into immediately following the shots being fired.

CARNES BWC IMAGE

This investigation into the officer-involved shooting is still on-going and will be submitted to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office for review when it is completed.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Aurora Police Department
Public Information Officer
720-432-5095
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Information Previously Released 10/25/2019

On October 20, 2019, at 1:43 A.M., Aurora Police Officers were dispatched to 9121 East 14th Avenue in response to a physical disturbance outside the apartment building. While officers were responding to the call, Denver Police Dispatch notified the Aurora Police Dispatch Center that their “Shot Spotter” had just picked up shots fired in the area of East 13th Ave and North Akron Street.

(October 25, 2019) The male that was shot remains in critical condition at a nearby hospital, but, is expected to survive. We can confirm at this time that this male was shot by our officer. At this time, we are not going to be identifying this male since detectives are still in the process of interviewing witnesses and conducting photo line-ups. Preemptively releasing this information could compromise their investigation. 

While conducting our searches of the premises immediately following the shooting, officers recovered a rifle from the apartment.  Also, during the search, officers located a blood trail leading through the apartment, then out into the hallway and ending where the male exited the building.

When the body-worn camera video footage is allowed to be released, after consultation with the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, we will make it publicly available to view.

Below is the video from the press conference we held today. 

Officer Matthew Longshore
Aurora Police Department
Public Information Officer
720-432-5095



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Information Previously Released 10/20/2019

On October 20, 2019, at 1:43 A.M., Aurora Police Officers were dispatched to 9121 East 14th Avenue in response to a physical disturbance outside the apartment building. While officers were responding to the call, Denver Police Dispatch notified the Aurora Police Dispatch Center that their “Shot Spotter” had just picked up shots fired in the area of East 13th Ave and North Akron Street.

Upon officers arrival they heard a loud disturbance on the north side of the building. Officers then observed an adult male in the north parking lot of the apartment complex who was armed with a weapon. After encountering this male, an officer discharged their weapon in his direction. This male then ran back inside of the apartment building.

Moments later, numerous people began to run out of the apartment complex doors. During this commotion, an adult male was found to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Rescue was called and this male was then transported to an area hospital. At this time, it is unknown if the male party who was shot was the same male that officers encountered outside or if this male was shot before police arrived on scene. There were three other injured people that were also transported to the hospital as a result of the large disturbance that officers initially responded to.

The adult male who is suffering from the gunshot wounds is in serious condition. His identity will not be released at this time. There was a weapon that was located on scene.

All responding officers were equipped with body worn cameras and will be reviewed as part of this investigation. The involved officer has worked for the Aurora Police Department for about eighteen months, and has not been in any prior officer-involved shootings at the Aurora Police Department. The officer will be placed on administrative leave per Aurora Police Department policy.

The incident is being investigated by members of the Aurora Police Department, Denver Police Department and the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in accordance with Senate Bill 15-219. Once this investigation is complete it will be presented to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for criminal culpability review. We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness to the events leading up to and after the officer-involved shooting to contact Agent T. Fredericksen at 303.739.6106.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Nov 11, 2019 at 8:40 AM
  

UPDATE:  We understand and appreciate the community’s concern and desire for information when our officers are involved in critical incidents.  We continue to strive to provide as much information as possible, without jeopardizing the investigative process, while working in coordination with the appropriate District Attorney’s office.

We are releasing body-worn camera footage from the primary and secondary officers which can be viewed at the following link:

https://youtu.be/jlNgDqRtzdM

This investigation into the officer-involved shooting is still on-going and will be submitted to the 18
th Judicial District Attorney's Office for review when it is completed.

Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095



In the evening hours of Thursday, October 10, 2019, Aurora Police officers responded to a residence in the 1500 block of South Bahama Street to contact a suspect in reference to an aggravated physical assault that occurred there earlier in the day.


 

Upon officer’s arrival they saw Mr. Huff standing next to a truck.  As the officers (in full police uniform) approached the house, Mr. Huff immediately fled into the home.  As mentioned in the affidavit, Mr. Huff was looking out of a window of a well-lit room as the responding officer was waving at him.  The officer was certain Mr. Huff saw her and recognized her as a Police Officer.  Mr. Huff then quickly disappeared from the officer's view.  Mr. Huff then suddenly reappeared at the same front window armed with a shotgun.  It was at this point one of the responding officers made the decision to discharge their weapon.


The picture accompanying this statement is a still image from a body worn camera that was worn by one of the responding officers. The person holding the shotgun inside the house is Mr. Huff.  It should also be noted that the figure to the right is one of our officers knocking at the front door.

We recognize trust in our community hinges on accurate transparency in all critical incidents, especially in officer-involved-shootings.  Senate Bill 15-219 is designed to not only provide a thorough investigation, but also transparency. We will release the body worn camera footage when we can do so in a manner that does not impede any future court proceedings. 


In this day and age accuracy has never meant more, and the reckless publication of inaccurate information on any critical incident not only causes undue duress and concern for those involved, but also our community. 

 

We appreciate the patience and trust our community continues to give us during these complex investigations. 

Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095
OIS





On Thursday October 10
th, 2019, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Aurora Police officers responded to a residence in the 1500 block of South Bahama Street to investigate an assault when an armed adult male was encountered by officers. This incident led to an officer-involved-shooting where one officer discharged a firearm.


 

The armed male officers encountered has been identified as Andrew Huff, 04-29-1997 (see attached booking photo).  Huff remains in the care of an area hospital pending release.

 

The Aurora Police Department will present the following charges against Huff to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s office for activities prior that led to the Aurora Police Department response to South Bahama Circle:

 

18-3-203 Assault in the Second Degree, Felony

18-3-206 Felony Menacing, Felony

18-3-204 3rd Degree Assault, Misdemeanor

 

The officer-involved-shooting investigation as required by Senate Bill 15-219 is still underway. Once that investigation is completed it will be presented by investigators to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s office for review.

 

The officer who was involved remains on administrative leave per department policy. 

 

No further information is available for release at this time. 

Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095

huff


information previously released on October 11, 2019:

 

The male who was armed with a firearm and shot during the officer-involved shooting that occurred in the 1500 block of South Bahama Street continues being treated and is recovering at a local hospital. No officers were injured.

In connection to this incident, APD is not looking for suspects and there are no threats to the public.
Officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, as is standard and in accordance with departmental policies. 

The officers wore Body Worn Cameras that were collected for review up to and including the Chief of Police.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation and are not available for release today, as investigators still need to obtain statements. Interviews are not expected to be completed until early next week.

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
303.739.6038


On Thursday October 10th, 2019 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to a residence in the 1500 block of South Bahama Street to investigate an assault when an armed adult male was encountered by officers.

 

One officer discharged a firearm striking the armed male.  He was then transported to an area hospital.  The extent of his injuries are not yet known as they are still being evaluated.

This is an active and on-going investigation, and no further information is available at this time.

The incident is being investigated by members of the Aurora Police Department, Denver Police Department and the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in accordance with Senate Bill 15-219. Once this investigation is complete it will be presented to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for a criminal culpability review. We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness to the officer-involved shooting to contact Agent Jamie Krieger at 303.739.6113.


Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095



Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Nov 07, 2019 at 5:39 PM
  
WHAT: Press Conference Addressing Recent Critical Incidents

WHEN: Friday, October 25, 2019 at 11:00 A.M.

WHERE: Aurora Police Headquarters, 15001 East Alameda Parkway

WHO: Deputy Chief of Police, Paul O’Keefe

CONTACT: Officer Tony Camacho, Public Information Officer for the Aurora Police Department
                    (720) 432-5095


Aurora Police Deputy Chief Paul O'Keefe will be providing updates on the August 24th incident involving Elijah McClain, the officer-involved shooting on October 10th located at South Bahama Street, and the officer-involved shooting on October 20th located at East 14th Avenue.

The conference will be held in a secure location inside of Police Headquarters. The media is asked to arrive no later than 09:30 A.M. through the main lobby of Police Headquarters. Please call the on-call PIO number when you arrive and a representative of the Media Relations Unit will then escort you into the building.

Members of the media who plan on attending, please RVSP to apdpio@auroragov.org no later than Friday, October 25th at 08:00 A.M.

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department    
720-432-5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Oct 24, 2019 at 5:11 PM
  
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