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 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 June 28, 2021, at approximately 6:05 p.m., Officers from District 3 responded to the InTown Suites located at 14090 East Evans Avenue. Officers were responding to a call that came in through 9-1-1 regarding a physical domestic violence incident between a male and female.

Upon arrival, officers contacted the female victim in the lobby and discovered that she had obvious injuries. When officers went to contact the male suspect, he was uncooperative and armed with a metal object. Attempts to de-escalate the situation were not successful and during the arrest, he was shot with a taser, which had no effect on the him, and then two rounds from a less-lethal shotgun, also having little to no effect.

The officers eventually went hands on with the suspect, grabbing him, pulling him into the hallway. Officers took the suspect to the ground and were then able to secure his arms, handcuff him and immediately rolled him onto his side, also known as the recovery position. Paramedics responded to the scene and the suspect was transported to the hospital where he received emergency medical treatment. Additionally, one of the officers involved sustained minor injuries and received medical treatment.

Today, investigators discovered that a round fired from the less-lethal shotgun had penetrated the man's abdomen. Thankfully, he is expected to survive his injuries. Due to the serious nature of his injuries, Chief Wilson has asked the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, who will be assisted by members of the 18th Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team, to investigate this incident.

All four of the officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, per department policy. All officers on scene were equipped with department issued body-cameras which were activated during this encounter.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jun 29, 2021 at 7:39 PM
  

(June 23) On Tuesday June 22, 2021 at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers responded to a single-vehicle traffic crash in the parking lot of a Circle K gas station located at 15291 East Hampden Avenue.

Initial investigation suggests a 62-year-old male driver of a white 1993 Chevy Van experienced a medical episode while driving eastbound on East Hampden Avenue towards South Chambers Road. The van crossed over into westbound lanes of traffic, onto the North sidewalk striking an RTD bus bench, then into the Circle K gas station parking lot where the van struck some gas pumps causing the gas pumps to hit a parked and occupied Jeep in the parking lot.

The single occupant of the Jeep was transported to the hospital for minor injuries and released. The driver was transported to the hospital where tragically he died. It is unclear at this time if the driver died as a result of his injuries related to the crash, and/or the possibility of a experiencing a medical episode while driving. 

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have notified. 

This crash remains under investigation by the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit.  Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to call police. 

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jun 23, 2021 at 10:20 AM
  
On June 14, 2021 at approximately 5:15p.m. officers from the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of an injury crash involving a motorcycle and a car at the intersection of South Parker Road (CO-83) and East Belleview Avenue. Upon arrival officers discovered the rider of the motorcycle, a 25-year-old man from Aurora, unresponsive.  He was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.  

Initial investigation indicated that the motorcycle was traveling north on S. Parker Rd. through the intersection at E. Belleview Ave.  The driver of a 2006 Chevy sedan, which was southbound on Parker turning onto Belleview, turned left in front of the motorcycle, causing the crash.  Investigators from the Aurora Police Traffic Section believe the sedan may have taken the right-of-way of the motorcycle when it turned.

The driver of the sedan, a 48 year old man from Aurora, remained on-scene and was cooperative with the investigation.

The identity of the motorcyclist may be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once he has been identified and his next of kin have notified.   

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Command Officer and Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Jun 14, 2021 at 9:31 PM
  
On Friday, June 11th, 2021 at around 10:20p.m. officers from the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the area of South Fraser Street and South Fraser Court in the Meadow Hills Neighborhood.  Upon arrival they located evidence of an apparent shooting at that location; however no victims were located at the scene. A short time later two shooting victims arrived at the Emergency Department of a local hospital by private vehicle. 

Tragically, one of the victim, who is an adult male, has died from his injuries.  The second victim, a 17-year-old male was treated and released from the hospital this morning.  The name of the deceased 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 his next of kind have been notified.

The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and is conducting the investigation into this homicide.  It is in the very early stages and at this time there is no additional information that is being released. Investigators are still in the process of interviewing witnesses, area residents and sorting through details to determine exactly what lead up to this fatal shooting.  

Anyone who witnessed this shooting or has information about the case is asked to contact Agent Ethan Snow at 303.739.6523.  Tipsters can also report information by using Metro Denver Crime Stoppers. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and are eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer/Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Jun 12, 2021 at 7:49 AM
  

On Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 11:45 a.m., the Aurora Police Department and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to a single vehicle crash into a Heather Gardens residential building located at 13952 East Marina Drive.

The initial investigation has revealed an 88-year-old male driver experienced an apparent medical episode causing him to lose control of his vehicle and crash into the building.  A front seat passenger of the vehicle was the driver’s elderly wife.

 The driver and his wife were transported to an area hospital where tragically his wife died as a result of her injuries related to the crash.  Additionally, a leashed dog being walked by their owner near the building was struck by the vehicle and died at the scene.

 The driver remains hospitalized in serious condition. The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once she has been positively identified and next of kin have been properly notified. 

This crash remains under investigation by the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit.  At this time, no criminal charges are expected to be pursued.  Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to call police. 

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jun 06, 2021 at 11:31 AM
  

On May 6th, 2021, at approximately 1:18 p.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to a motorcycle crash on East Yale Avenue at South Truckee Street.

The initial investigation revealed an adult male motorcyclist was traveling northbound on South Ventura Street through a sharp westbound curve onto East Yale Avenue. While traveling in the curve, the motorcyclist attempted to pass a vehicle by entering the eastbound oncoming lanes of traffic of East Yale Avenue. The motorcyclist was then struck by an oncoming vehicle traveling eastbound on East Yale Avenue at South Truckee Street.

Neither the driver nor occupants of the vehicle were injured. The driver of the vehicle did remain on scene. Drugs, alcohol nor speed are considered factors leading to the crash by the driver of the involved vehicle. 

The overtaking of the vehicle on a sharp curve by the motorcyclist led to the crash. Additionally, the motorcyclist’s helmet was strapped to the motorcycle, and therefore not being worn at the time of the crash. At this time the investigation is still active and ongoing, and it is not yet known whether speed, alcohol or drugs were also contributing factors.

The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. His identity will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and next of kin have been notified. 

The cause of this crash is under investigation by the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit. Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to call police.  

This is the second traffic fatality this month in Aurora involving a motorcyclist. Since 2015, nearly half of all motorcycle accidents in Aurora resulted in the motorcyclist sustaining injuries or worse.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the riding season is upon us. Please check your blind spots for motorcycles, look twice before pulling into the roadway, and remove all distractions while driving. Motorcyclists should do the same. Additionally, wearing glasses, helmets and gloves will help protect the body. If you are an inexperienced motorcyclist seek training schools to strengthen your ability to ride safe.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On May 07, 2021 at 3:26 PM
  
(January 16, 2021) Investigators have made an arrest in the case of two explosive devices that were recently detonated in Southeast Aurora. 

Last night at around 11:00 p.m. the Aurora Police Department SWAT team arrested Scott Alan Campbell at his residence (3563 South Uravan Street) for the following criminal offences: 
  • Attempted 1st Degree Murder
  • 1st Degree Arson
  • Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender
Campbell was transported to the City of Aurora Detention Center where he is currently being held on a one million dollar bond.  This case remains and open and active investigation and no additional details are being released at this time. The case will be presented to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office for formal charging. 

The explosions, which occurred on December 25th and January 7th each caused damage, but no injuries were reported. The incidents occurred within one mile of each other. 

This case was a joint investigation between the multi-jurisdictional Regional Anti-Violence Enforcement Network (R.A.V.E.N.); the Aurora Fire Rescue Department Fire Investigations Bureau; the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (A.T.F.) and the Aurora Police Department.

Scott Campbell
Scott Alan Campbell (Date of Birth: 3/2/1976)


Information previously released by the Aurora Fire Rescue Department on January 7, 2021:

Investigators are asking for public assistance in two separate incidents involving explosions.

Aurora Fire Rescue and Aurora Police Department investigators are currently working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to investigate two separate explosive devices and the circumstances leading up to their detonations. The explosions each caused damage, but no injuries were reported. These incidents occurred within one mile of each other. Investigators are interested in any information about these explosions, including security camera footage, doorbell camera videos or photos that local area residents may have around the time of the incidents could be helpful. 

Incident 1: An explosive device was detonated on Dec. 25 at approximately 5:30 a.m. and was reported by residents nearby. The explosion caused damage to 2 homes in the 18000 block of E. Mansfield Ave.

Incident 2: At approximately 4:45 a.m. today, Thursday, January 7, a 911 caller reported the sound of shots fired in the area of their home. Responding officers from the Aurora Police Department found a detonated explosive device which caused damage to one home in the 4600 block of S. Pagosa Circle. 

Both events are under investigation and the publicly available details are limited at this time.

If you have any information or recordings in the area during the dates and times below, please contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867) or www.MetroDenverCrimeStoppers.com 

December 25 between 5:00-6:00 a.m.
Area of E. Mansfield Ave. and E. Loyola Drive

January 7 between 4:00 and 5:30 a.m. 
Area of S. Pagosa Way and S. Pitkin St.


Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Jan 16, 2021 at 10:30 AM
  

(November 17) On November 16, 2020 shortly after noon, the Aurora Police Department arrested Romeo Desean Thompson DOB: 03/25/2001, for the November 16th homicide at East Yale Avenue and East Brown Drive.  Thompson, as shown in the attached Aurora police booking photo, has been charged with the following:

 

18-3-102(1)(a) Murder in The First Degree

18-12-108(1)   Possession of Weapons by A Previous Offender

 

Prosecution will be conducted by the 18th District Judicial District Attorney’s Office.  No further information will be released at this time, and all additional media inquiries should be directed to the prosecuting office.

Officer Crystal McCoy 
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Romeo Desean Thompson



(November 16) On Monday, November 16th, 2020, at approximately 11:40 a.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to East Yale Ave and East Brown Drive on reports of a shooting.  

Officer's arrived and located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital where he has since succumbed to his injuries.

The identity of the male will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after he has been positively identified, and his respective next of kin has been notified.

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating. Initial information is that this started as a possible road-rage incident. A person of interest has been identified in this case. Investigators are very early in their investigation which includes interviewing numerous witnesses and processing the physical evidence on scene. At this time, no one has been charged in this incident.

Any witnesses to this incident are encouraged to call our Homicide Unit at 303.739.6077 or they can remain anonymous by contacting Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Nov 17, 2020 at 5:18 PM
  
(October 5) On Monday, October 5, 2020, at about 6:15 A.M., Aurora Police responded to a vehicle crash on northbound Interstate 225 near South Parker Road.

Initial investigation reveals that a Dodge Charger entered Interstate 225 from East Iliff Avenue and was going southbound in the northbound lanes when it struck the passenger side of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. After striking the pickup truck, the Dodge continued southbound where it eventually struck, head-on, with a Mazda SUV. The driver of the Dodge was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Mazda was transported to a nearby hospital where they remain in serious condition with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Silverado was thankfully uninjured.

Traffic Unit Investigators will continue to investigate and attempt to reconstruct the scene to determine speeds and other contributing factors. At this time, we do believe that alcohol was a factor in this crash.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after positive identification and next-of-kin notifications.

We are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash, has dash cam footage, or if you have any information about this incident, please contact the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867).

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Oct 05, 2020 at 12:19 PM
  
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