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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:

Sergeant Chris Neiman-Unit Supervisor
Officer Ken Forrest-Public Information Officer
Officer Bill Hummel-Public Information Officer

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On August 13th, 2018 at approximately 7:29 a.m. Aurora Police officers responded to a report of a suspicious occurrence at 12041 E Harvard Ave.

Officers arrived on scene and located an unresponsive male inside the home. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Aurora Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the location and are actively investigating this incident as a homicide. The investigation is still in its early stages and there is no additional information for release at this time.

The Aurora Police Department is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact Detective Heath Graw with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at (303) 739-6213, or call our tip line at (303) 739-6400. Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.

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

Sergeant Chris Neiman
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
303.739.6022
Posted by cneiman@auroragov.org  On Aug 14, 2018 at 8:57 AM
  
UPDATE: On Thursday August 2, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Aurora Police Department Chief Nick Metz held a joint press conference with the 17th Judicial Assistant District Attorney Jess Redman and the18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler to address updates that can be released.

Chief Metz opened with a heartfelt statement, and acknowledged Mr. Richard “Gary” Black’s distinguished life such as being a Vietnam War Veteran, a purple heart recipient, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

Mr. Black’s family attended a private viewing of the body worn camera footage and listened to Mrs. Black’s 911 call with members of the Aurora Police Department Command Staff. As a result of this, the family made a public statement requesting the Aurora Police Department to not release Mrs. Black's 911 call. They wished to be allowed to grieve, and did not want Mr. Black’s life to be remembered in this way.

The 17th Judicial Assistant District Attorney Jess Redman spoke to their stance on requesting the Aurora Police Department to not release the body warn camera at this time.

A copy of all 911 calls, with the exception of Mrs. Blacks, a copy of our Officer-Involved-Shooting Directive, the International Associated of Chiefs of Police guidelines on Officer-Involved-Shootings, the statement from the Black family, and the entire video of this press conference will be uploaded onto your YouTube channel and/or at the below links:

Statement from the Black Family

Aurora Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Directive

IACP Officer Involved Shooting Guidelines

Statement Regarding Psychological Services After OIS Events 

911 and Police Radio Traffic Recordings

Press Conference Packet 



Aurora Police Department Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095
apdpio@auroragov.org


Information previously released on July 30th, 2018:


On July 30, 2018, at approximately 1:29 a.m., the Aurora Public Safety Dispatch Center (PSDC) received multiple 911 calls advising there was a disturbance in the area of North Iola Street and East Montview Boulevard.

The PSDC received another 911 call from an adult female at 10609 East Montview Boulevard advising an adult male intruder was breaking into her home.

Aurora Police Officers arrived to a very chaotic and violent scene at 10609 East Montview Boulevard. While on scene officers heard gunshots fired from inside the home, and encountered an armed adult male. An officer discharged his firearm striking the armed male who was transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
  
The officers then cleared the home to ensure the scene was safe. Inside, officers found an injured juvenile and the deceased adult male intruder on the bathroom floor. The injured juvenile was later transported to a local hospital for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, caused by the deceased intruder.

Further investigation revealed the armed male encountered by the officer was a resident of the home. Our preliminary investigation has revealed the deceased intruder on the bathroom floor was fatally shot by the armed adult male resident.

The names of the decedents will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office once they have been positively identified and next of kin have been notified.

The involved officer has been placed on administrative reassignment with pay as per Aurora Police Department Policy.

The investigation into this incident is being handled by the Aurora Police Major Crimes Unit in conjunction with the Denver Police Department. This is due to the passage of Senate Bill 15-219 which requires law enforcement agencies to team up with neighboring agencies to investigate officer involved shootings. We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness to the officer-involved shooting to contact Detective Randy Hansen at 303.739.6710

We are working jointly with the Denver Police Department and the 17th Judicial District to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation. However, at the request of the 17th Judicial District, we cannot provide any additional details at this time in order to protect the integrity of the investigation, and all who are involved. We anticipate a more detailed press conference later this week once all officers involved have been interviewed.

This is a very heartbreaking and tragic situation for everyone involved. We are providing assistance through our victim advocates to help the family of the deceased resident through this very difficult time.

Chief Nick Metz
Aurora Police Department


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


Posted by kforrest@auroragov.org  On Aug 02, 2018 at 7:43 PM
  
Residents of Aurora are invited to celebrate National Night Out with the Aurora Police Department and the rest of the country on Tuesday, August the 7th. National Night Out 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 Teams for District 1, which serves West Aurora (areas west of I-225)  will be hosting two community gatherings to celebrate the 35th anniversary of National Night Out.

North Event
Moorehead Recreation Center, 2390 Havana St.
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

South Event
Utah Park, 1800 S. Peoria St.
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Download an event flyer.

Officer Kenneth Forrest
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by kforrest@auroragov.org  On Jul 19, 2018 at 12:05 PM
  

Earlier this morning, the Aurora Police Department released brief details in regards to an officer-involved shooting that occurred at 8900 East Colfax Avenue.

The investigation has revealed new details that the Aurora Police Department wishes to provide to the public in the sake of continued transparency. Detectives still have various witnesses to speak with and evidence to sift through, therefore the investigation is still considered to be in its preliminary stages.

Today in a press conference, Chief Metz discussed that he had viewed body-camera footage of the officer-involved shooting and provided the following information in a public statement:

This morning officers responded to the 8900 block of East Colfax Avenue around 12:30 A.M. to investigate a report of shots fired where a person was allegedly menaced with a gun. Officers received a very specific suspect description and began to search the area for the suspect. Just moments later during this search, Officers located a subject on the very same block matching the distinctive description of the suspect.

As Officers attempted to contact the suspect, he fled on foot through the parking lot of the Biltmore Motel located at 8900 East Colfax Avenue. A foot chase ensued and during this foot chase, Officers observed that the male was armed with a gun. They gave verbal orders for the suspect to drop the gun multiple times prior to the officer firing his weapon.

The Subject ran around a blind corner, stopped and was waiting as officers came around the corner. Officers gave more orders for the suspect to drop the gun before shots were fired. Subsequently, a handgun was found in possession of the suspect at the scene.

Officers immediately rendered aid to the subject to include the application of tourniquets and immediately contacted AFD/EMS. The subject was transported to a local hospital where he remained in serious condition for some time until he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. The suspect is an African American adult male who will be identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office in days to come.

Officers present at the scene were equipped with and properly utilized department issued body-worn cameras.

Chief Metz acknowledged that the loss of any human life is a tragedy. He also remarked that he was proud of the professionalism that his officers displayed during such an incident.

If further information becomes available for public release we will provide an update here.

A press conference detailing more information about the incident can be viewed here:
https://youtu.be/Ie7RHF2wUME

Bill Hummel
Public Information Office
Media Relation Unit
(720) 432-5095


Information previously released on June 27, 2018 at 5:34 AM

On June 27, 2018 just after midnight, Aurora Police Officers responded to the 8900 block of E. Colfax Ave. to investigate the report of gunshots heard in the area. 

 As Officers were in this area, they obtained a description of a suspect who was reportedly involved in the shots fired call.  As Officers checked the area, they located a suspect matching the provided description.  Officers attempted to contact this adult male and a foot chase ensued.  During the foot chase, Officers chased the suspect into the parking lot of the Biltmore Motel located at 8900 E. Colfax Ave.  During the foot pursuit, one officer discharged his firearm, striking the suspect.  A weapon not belonging to officers was found at the scene.

The suspect was subsequently transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.  The identity of the suspect is not being released at this time.

No officers were injured during this incident.   The officer(s) involved will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.  The investigation is being handled by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit in conjunction with the Denver Police Department.  Detectives will work to determine what lead up to the shooting.  Due to the on-going nature of the investigation, no further information is available at this time.

 

Anyone who might have witnessed this incident is asked to contact Detective Nick Huber with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at (303) 739-6090. 

 

Officer Bill Hummel

Public Information Officer

Media Relations Unit

(720) 432-5095

Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Jun 27, 2018 at 5:27 PM
  
PRESS CONFERENCE REFERENCE OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING- 8900 EAST COLFAX AVENUE

WHAT:  Press Conference in regards to OIS
WHEN:  Wednesday June 27, 2018 at 4:00 P.M.
WHERE:  Aurora Police Headquarters, 15001 East Alameda Parkway
WHO:  Chief of Police, Nick Metz
CONTACT:  Officer Bill Hummel, Public Information Officer, Media relations Unit- (720) 432-5095 

The conference will be held in a secure location inside of police headquarters so the media is asked to arrive no later than 3:45 P.M. through the main lobby of Police headquarters. A representative of the Media Relations Unit will then provide access into the building.  THIS PRESS BRIEFING IS FOR MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ONLY- MEDIA MEMBERS MUST PROVIDE CREDENTIALS.  For other members of the public, the event will be live-streamed on our Facebook page. 
Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Jun 27, 2018 at 1:16 PM
  
On the afternoon of June 25, 2018 at about 3:15 P.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to the area of East Pacific Avenue and South Peoria Street on the report of a shooting. As officers arrived, they located one adult male suffering from a gunshot wound at the Family Dollar located at 2110 South Peoria Street.

Officers quickly determined that a single shooting incident occurred at 2095 South Paris Way, where two adult male victims were shot. One of these victims ran across the street after being shot and he was located by officers at the Family Dollar. The male who ran to Family Dollar remains in serious condition and tragically, the other victim succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. The deceased victim will be identified at a later date by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office pending notification of next of kin.

Aurora Major Crimes/Homicide Detectives responded to the scene along with additional police resources. As a part of the on-going investigation, Detectives will work to determine what lead up to the shooing. At this time, there are no suspects in custody. We are asking for the public’s assistance in solving this murder and gathering any information that witnesses may have. If you have information, you are asked to contact Detective Jamie Krieger at (303) 739-6113. 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-STOP (7867).

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095
Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Jun 25, 2018 at 6:51 PM
  
This morning on April 21, 2018 at approximately 2:34 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to an automotive repair shop, located at 9230 East Colfax Avenue. Officers responded to this location on the report of a burglary in-progress, where a suspect was observed inside the business by live-feed security cameras.

As officers arrived, they observed an adult male suspect inside of the business. The officers could see that the male was suffering from apparent injuries. Officers entered the business and found the male to be armed with a lethal cutting instrument. In the presence of Officers, the male began to inflict injury to himself with the cutting instrument. As Officers approached the male, who was still armed with the cutting instrument, officers gave verbal orders and attempted to de-escalate the situation. The suspect then threatened officers with the weapon and officers responded by utilizing less lethal options that were available. These less lethal options proved to be ineffective and the suspect then resumed inflicting injuries to himself. The suspect then retreated and barricaded himself in another room inside of the business. In this room, Officers ultimately found the male to be unresponsive. He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

During this incident, Officers showed great restraint and no duty weapons were fired. Because of the nature of the circumstances and because officers used less lethal force, the Aurora Police Department’s Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to resume the investigation. Per Colorado Senate Bill 217, the Denver Police Department also responded to assist our Detectives in their efforts.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy of the male to determine the manner in which he died. The Coroner will also identify the decedent pending positive identification and the notification of next of kin.

If anybody has information relating to this incident, please contact Detective Warren Miller at (303) 739-6117.

The investigation is in on-going and in its early stages and therefore no further information is available.

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(303) 432-5095
Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Apr 21, 2018 at 8:50 AM
  
UPDATE: The Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit has made an arrest of Cleveland Grimes (DOB 03/10/1982) in connection with the homicide that occurred on April 14, 2018 at 940 South Iola Street. Grimes, who is pictured below, was arrested for First Degree Murder.

The case is now in the hands of the 18th Judicial District and therefore further public inquiries into the details of the case will be referred to their organization.

If you have any information in regards to this incident, please contact Detective Todd Fredericksen at (303) 739-6106.

Grimes

Sergeant Chris Neiman
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095



Information Previously Released on April 14, 2018


In the early hours of April 14, 2018 at approximately 4:30 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to 940 S. Iola St. on the report of an unknown problem. A report to dispatch indicated that a female was in distress at this approximate location.

As Officers arrived, they located 2 adult females associated with a vehicle that was near the above address. One of the females was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound and both females were subsequently transported to area hospitals. The female who was suffering from a gunshot wound sadly succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The other female was treated for minor injuries and is expected to survive. It is unknown what circumstances lead up to the shooting incident but answering that question will be a focus for investigators as the investigation progresses. There is currently not a suspect in custody in connection with this incident

Detectives do not have any additional information that is available for public release at this time because they wish to protect the active investigation in its early stages. The identity of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office at a later date pending the notification of next of kin.

The Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide unit is handling the investigation into this matter. We are asking anybody with information about this incident to please call Detective Fredericksen at (303) 739-6106. Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095
Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Apr 20, 2018 at 9:03 AM
  

UPDATE: The Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit has made an arrest of Shaun Davis (DOB 03/31/1986) in connection with the homicide that occurred on April 8, 2018 near East Mississippi Avenue and South Galena Street.  Davis, who is pictured below, was arrested for the following charges:  First Degree Murder, Attempt First Degree Murder and First Degree Assault.

The case is now in the hands of the 18th Judicial District and therefore further public inquiries into the details of the case will be referred to their organization.

If you have any information in regards to this incident, please contact Detective Randy Hansen at (303) 739-6710.

Shaun Davis
Sergeant Chris Neiman

Public Information Officer

Media Relations Unit

(720) 432-5095



Information Previously Released on April 8, 2018

On April 8, 2018 at approximately 04:45 A.M., an adult male and an adult female arrived by vehicle at the University of Colorado Hospital located at 12605 E. 16th Ave. in Aurora.  Both parties were suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  

 

While at the hospital, the female was pronounced deceased.  The male remains in serious but stable condition.

 

Through the course of the investigation, it is believed that the shooting incident occurred in the area of E. Mississippi Ave. and S. Galena St.  The identity of the deceased female will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office pending the positive identification of the victim and notification of next of kin.

 

This case is in its early stages and the Aurora Police Major Crimes Unit (MCU) is actively investigating the incident.  As a part of the investigation, Detectives will determine what circumstances lead up to the shooting.  As to protect the integrity of the active investigation, no further information is being released at this time.  No persons are currently in custody in connection with this incident.

 

If any member of the public has any information about this incident, they are asked to contact MCU Detective Randy Hansen at (303) 739-6710.  Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash 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 cneiman@auroragov.org  On Apr 18, 2018 at 3:54 PM
  
UPDATE: The Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit has made an arrest of Corderio Lark (DOB 08/17/1986) in connection with the homicide that occurred on March 24, 2018 at 1802 S Havana St. Lark’s mugshot is displayed below.

Earlier today, the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office identified George Craig Pappas (DOB 09/11/1956) as the adult male victim.

The case is now in the hands of the 18th Judicial District and therefore further public inquiries into the details of the case will be referred to their organization.

If you have any information in regards to this incident, please contact Detective Jamie Krieger at (303) 739-6113.

Corderio Lark

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Information previously released on March 24, 2018


On March 24, 2018 at approximately 6:29 a.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to a report of an unresponsive male in the area of S Havana St and E Colorado Ave.

Officers quickly arrived on scene and located an adult male suffering from apparent trauma in the parking lot of a U-Haul business located at 1802 S Havana St. The male was pronounced deceased on scene.

The Aurora Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the location and are actively investigating this incident as a homicide. 

We are asking members of the public to come forward with any information related to this incident. Members of the public should report any known information to Detective Jamie Krieger at (303) 739-6113. Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.

The identity of the victim is not being released at this time and will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once the victim has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified.

Officer Kenneth Forrest
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
303.739.6616
Posted by kforrest@auroragov.org  On Mar 27, 2018 at 3:45 PM
  
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