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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:

Officer Crystal McCoy-Public Information Officer
Officer Matthew Longshore-Public Information Officer
Officer Anthony Camacho (Spanish Speaking)- Public Information Officer

To reach a member of the Media Relations Unit call 720.432.5095 or email apdpio@auroragov.org.
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DISCLAIMER: Information is subject to change as case investigations proceed. Individuals arrested on the basis of probable cause have not been charged. All arrestees are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. 


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On March 13, 2019 the Aurora Police Major Crime Homicide Unit began investigating the circumstances surrounding a body found along the Sand Creek Trail in the midst of a historic blizzard dubbed Bomb Cyclone Ulmer by weather officials.

Since then, that body has been positively identified as Martin Galdamez-Galdamez DOB 7/25/1994, and is now being investigated as a homicide. At this time there are no additional details available.

Anyone that has information about this incident are requested to call Agent Szuch at 303-739-6068 or remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095


Information Previously Released March 14, 2019:

On March 13, 2019, about 1:55 PM, people were walking in the 2700 block of Sand Creek, a section that parallels East Fitzsimons Parkway, just east of the Light Rail parking lot.

The people were looking for a runaway dog and found what appeared to be a human body. The Aurora Police Department responded to the scene and confirmed it was a human body. The body was not removed until this afternoon due to the extreme weather conditions from the day before. The cause of death has not been determined and will be done by the Adams County Coroner’s Office.

The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is actively investigating this case as a homicide. We ask anyone that has information or who might have observed something to please call Agent Szuch at 303-739-6068. People can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

The Coroner’s Office will release the name of the deceased after positive identification has been made and the next of kin has been notified.

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Mar 19, 2019 at 10:53 AM
  
On March 4, 2019, at 8:44 a.m., Aurora Police Officers were dispatched to the 2200 block of North Dallas Street in response to an unknown male who called 911 reporting there were hostages inside of an apartment. The male advised parties had been injured by someone with a machete.

Upon officers arrival they knocked on the apartment door announcing themselves. An adult female answered the door, and was escorted out of the residence for safety. Officers made additional announcements ordering anyone else inside of the apartment to come out. An adult black male immediately appeared, and was actively threatening officers with a machete despite officer’s commands to drop the machete. One officer deployed their less-lethal Taser, and another officer discharged their weapon striking the armed male subject stopping the threat. Officers immediately rendered First Aid to the male who was then transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

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. No one else was injured as a result of this incident to include the responding officers. 

All responding officers were equipped with Body Worn Cameras, and were activated as required throughout this incident. The involved officer has worked for the Aurora Police Department for nearly two years, and has not been in any prior officer-involved shootings. 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 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in accordance with Senate Bill 15-219. Once this investigation is complete it will be presented to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for 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.

At the request of the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, we cannot provide any additional details at this time in order to protect the integrity of the investigation, and all who are involved. All further media inquiries should be directed to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office Public Information Officer Sue Lindsay.

Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Mar 04, 2019 at 4:17 PM
  

On January 30, 2019, at approximately 12:21 A.M. Aurora Police Department officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of North Kingston Street on a report of a shooting. When the officers arrived they located a male victim laying on the sidewalk. The male was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is conducting the investigation. We are asking members of the public who have any information to call Detective Todd Fredericksen at (303) 739-6106. Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a rewards of up to $2,000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.

The deceased victim will be identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office pending the notification of next of kin.

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095

Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Jan 30, 2019 at 8:36 AM
  

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 1:59 a.m. the Aurora Police Department Public Safety Communications Department received a 911 call from an occupant of a residence at 1473 South Kenton Street, who was reporting a party inside the home was armed with a firearm and acting erratically.

 As officers arrived they could hear active gunfire. Officers were confronted by an armed adult male who was wearing body armor. The armed male exchanged gunfire with officers. The armed party was struck by gunfire which stopped the ongoing and active threat.

 Soon thereafter, officers discovered another adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

 Both the armed party and injured adult male found lying on the floor were transported to a local hospital where they both succumbed to their injuries.

The decedents will be positively identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after notifications are made to next of kin.

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

 This 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 15-219 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 Agent Randy Hansen with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6710.

If further information becomes available for public release we will provide an update on this news blog.

Aurora Police Department  
Public Information Officer
Anthony Camacho
acamacho@auroragov.org

Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Jan 15, 2019 at 7:50 AM
  

On Saturday December 29, 2018, at approximately 9:35 P.M. Aurora Police Department Officers were flagged down and notified of a possible shooting victim in the Walgreens Parking lot located at 12051 East Mississippi Ave.  Officers quickly arrived and found a deceased male in the parking lot. 

The victim will be identified at a later date by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office, pending notification of next of kin. 

The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/ Homicide Unit has taken over this criminal investigation. If anyone has any information related to this incident they are asked to contact Detective Del Matticks at (303) 739-6367. 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.

Ofc. Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095

Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Dec 30, 2018 at 12:51 AM
  

On December 17, 2018 officers responded to a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex in the 10600 block of East Jewell Avenue, where one man ultimately died in the presence of Aurora Police Officers.


During a press conference on December 18, 2018, Chief Metz spoke about his experience in viewing body-worn camera videos that were captured by his officers. In part, the information that Chief Metz released is as follows:

As Officers approached a chaotic family disturbance, they heard screaming and ran to the apartment where the commotion was coming from. When they arrived, a man was choking an adult male in the living room where several small children were also present.

Officers immediately drew their tasers and pointed them at the man while giving multiple commands. The man turned on the officers and there was at least one taser deployment at this time which was ineffective.

A physical struggle started inside the apartment and then moved outside with the man and the officers. The man knocked the officers to the ground and at one point the man grabbed an officer’s baton and attempted to grab a taser.

Officers ordered the man to stop fighting, stop resisting, and to get on the ground repeatedly. In several instances officers appeared to gain control of the man, but he would start to fight again. Chief Metz remarked that he could hear family members and neighbors pleading with the man to stop fighting with police.

During this violent episode, the officers initiated a city-wide ‘help call’ and it took several minutes for more officers to arrive. By the time other officers arrived to assist, the three officers had been engaged in a violent fight for at least seven long minutes.
In the press conference, Chief Metz stated that in his 35-year law enforcement career this is one of the most violent altercations he had ever seen.

The man was finally taken to the ground & after a physical struggle on the ground, he was placed into handcuffs. Officers recognized that the male became unresponsive and initiated lifesaving efforts. Aurora Fire Rescue arrived to render aid and the subject was transported to an area hospital where he was declared deceased.

Chief Metz noted that there are limitations to what can be released at this time, pending a completed investigation by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office. That investigation will shed light as to the manner and cause of death.

The three initial responding Aurora Police Officers were described as follows: One male officer employed since June, 2017; one female lateral officer employed since February, 2016; one female officer employed since June, 2017. The suspect was described as an African American male, 5’8”, weighing 237 lbs.

No immediate updates are anticipated at this time, pending the completion of the Arapahoe County Coroner’s report.

The full press conference can be viewed here:



Office Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095


 

Information previously released on December 17, 2018

On December 17, 2018, about 6:15 PM Aurora Police Officers responded to a call of a physical family disturbance in the 10600 block of East Jewell Avenue at the Willowick Apartments.

When officers arrived they encountered a male in the apartment who was violently attacking family members. Because of the very violent actions the officers made a citywide ‘help call’ for additional assistance. Numerous officers responded from around the city to assist officers who were on-scene and involved with the violent male.

After the male was taken into custody, he became unresponsive. Officers administered life-saving efforts until medical personnel arrived. The male was transported to a local hospital where he was declared deceased. Two officers were also transported to area hospitals where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The identity of the deceased male, along with the cause and manner of death, will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office at a later time.

The involved officers have been placed on administrative reassignment with pay as per Aurora Police Department Policy.
This case is being investigated by the Aurora Police Department Major Crimes Unit in conjunction with the Denver Police Department Homicide Unit per our standard protocol.

The Aurora Police Department will provide additional details as they become available. We remind the public that this investigation is in its early stages and maintaining integrity of the investigation is a top priority.

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095

Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Dec 19, 2018 at 8:10 AM
  
On December 9th, 2018, at about 5:45 PM, Patrol Officers responded to a call of a car that hit a wheel chair at East Colfax Avenue and Boston Street.  They found a 62 year old male that had tried to cross northbound across East Colfax Avenue in the street.  Witnesses told them that the vehicle that struck the wheel chair fled the scene.  A short time later, the vehicle was located about a block away unoccupied.  At about that same time, the driver of the vehicle returned to the scene. 

The vehicle was a red 1998 Isuzu Rodeo.  The driver and sole occupant was not injured.  The person in the wheel chair was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

Traffic Investigators are handling this investigation.  It will be some time before appropriate charges are determined.  At this point, speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in this crash.  The names of those involved are not being released at this time.

Sergeant William Revelle
Traffic Section
Posted by wrevelle@auroragov.org  On Dec 09, 2018 at 7:44 PM
  
Chief Metz has released the following statement today, December 3, 2018, in regards to an officer-involved shooting that occurred on July 30, 2018 at 10609 East Montview Boulevard:

"On July 30, 2018, Aurora Police officers were involved in a tragic incident where Richard “Gary” Black was shot by police. Officers responded to reports of an intruder attacking a child. The officers approached Mr. Black’s home upon hearing shots fired from inside. Officers then saw a man with a gun and a flashlight in hand. For reasons unknown to those officers, the man did not respond to commands to drop the weapon and an officer shot him. At the time, the officers did not know the man was Mr. Black and he had just shot the intruder who was viciously attacking his grandson.

The case was referred to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s office, who issued a “declination” letter earlier today, which can be found here. The District Attorney has determined the evidence in this case does not support the filing of any criminal charges against the officer in discharging his weapon in the fatal shooting.

We understand the public’s interest in this tragic case. The Department weighs this along with its responsibility to protect the child victim, as well as the family’s privacy interests. In consult with the family, we are sharing a mutually-agreeable portion of the involved officer’s body-worn-camera in this chaotic incident.

The officer who shot Mr. Black currently remains in a non-enforcement role. With the release of the DA’s declination letter, an internal investigation will begin.

This was a heartbreaking and tragic incident. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Mr. Black’s family and those involved."







Information previously released on August 2, 2018

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 Dec 03, 2018 at 8:34 PM
  
On Thursday October 11, 2018 at approximately 5:15 p.m. Aurora Police officers responded to the 12000 block of East Exposition Avenue on a report of an attempted child abduction which just occurred.

Upon arrival, officers learned an 11 year-old female was walking alone eastbound on East Exposition Avenue from South Nome Street. A white male suspect, who was walking westbound on East Exposition Avenue, grabbed her and placed his hand over her mouth. The female fought off the suspect by screaming and biting his hand. This caused the suspect to release her, and he fled on foot westbound from East Exposition Avenue.

A White or Hispanic male driving a black older model four-door sedan was traveling eastbound on East Exposition Avenue and may have witnessed the attempted abduction. It is important to note this person is only a witness, not a suspect. We are asking for that person(s) to please contact the Aurora Police Department at 303-627-3100.

Officers immediately began searching the area for the suspect, and canvassing the neighborhood for witnesses. A resident in the area had a surveillance system which captured the suspect running. It did not capture the attempted abduction.
The suspect was described by the victim as a white male, thin build, approximately 39 years of age, wearing sunglasses, with hair under his chin and approximately 6’4” tall. The suspect was wearing a black or blue hooded jacket, blue jeans, a backpack and black and white shoes.

On Friday October 12, 2018 Aurora Police officers and detectives arrested the adult male suspect in his 30’s, at approximately 3:49 p.m. The suspect is a stranger to the victim.

The suspect will be charged with the following crimes:

• 18-3-404 Second Degree Unlawful Sexual Contact-Criminal Attempt, Class 5 Felony
• 18-3-302 Second Degree Kidnapping-Criminal Attempt, Class 5 Felony

The suspect is not eligible for bond, and this case will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office after those charges are accepted.

At this time the Aurora Police Department will not be releasing the suspects name or booking photo so that we do not compromise the active and ongoing investigation.

The Aurora Police Department continues to ask for the public’s help by sending all tips, and video surveillance to APDCrimeTips@AuroraGov.Org. Tipsters can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. By calling Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00. If you have were involved in an unreported similar incident please call your local police department to make a police report.

Please see the below quote from Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz:

“Once our agency was made aware of the attempt abduction Patrol, Detectives, our Public Information Officers, CSI, and others worked tirelessly and collaboratively to solve this case as quickly as possible. A very alert patrol officer spotted the subject earlier today based on a description provided to her. The subject was detained and questioned by detectives. It was determined enough information had come together to place the suspect under arrest for the attempt abduction of an 11-year-old girl. I could not be more proud of the incredible work and tenacious investigation that went into taking this individual off the street. The Aurora community is blessed to have officers and technicians committed to keeping our community safe. I also want to give a very special shout out to the young lady who was attacked. She fought hard for her safety and stayed aware of her surroundings in order to provide valuable information to officers and detectives.”

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Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Oct 12, 2018 at 5:57 PM
  
Aurora Police investigators are still seeking information related to the homicide that occurred on September 28, 2016 at approximately 8:09 p.m. at 2072 North Iola Street.

Tragically on this date Miguel Freyre-Vieweg DOB 9/27/94 was gunned down. Despite all investigative efforts, and following up on all leads, this homicide remains unsolved. 

Denver Metro Crime Stoppers is offering an increased reward up to $4,000.00 by calling 720-913-STOP. The Aurora Reward fund is also offering a reward of up to $2,000.00.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact Agent Randy Hansen with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at (303) 739-6710. By calling Denver Metro Crime Stoppers you can remain anonymous and be eligible for the reward. 

No piece of information is considered insignificant, and detectives need help from the community to bring justice to this family.

The total amount of the rewards being offered is up to $6,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this crime.


Previously released on  September 28, 2016:

On Wednesday September 28th, 2016 around 8:09 p.m. officers responded to 2072 North Iola Street in the Boston Heights neighborhood on a report of an injury with a weapon call.

Upon officers arrival they located an adult male who was identified as Miguel Freyre-Vieweg DOB 9/27/94 with injuries to his head. Officers were unable to confirm the cause of his injuries at that time. Miguel was transported to a local hospital where further examination revealed Miguel had been shot in the head. Miguel succumbed to his injuries three days later on Saturday October 1, 2016.

Detectives and investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit have taken over the investigation and are asking for your help in identifying who is responsible for Miguel's murder. Miguel was a father and a husband. The attached photo if of Miguel and was provided by his family.

The Aurora Police Department Police is asking anyone with information about this case call Agent Randy Hansen at 303-739-6710 or tipsters can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. By calling Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain
anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.

Miguel Freyre-Vieweg

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
Office of the Chief of Police
Desk: (303) 739-6038
On-Call PIO: (720) 432-5095




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