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 Faith Goodrich-Public Information Officer
Officer Crystal McCoy-Public Information Officer
Officer Matthew Longshore-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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On March 26, 2020 at approximately 8:19p.m. officers from the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a shooting in the area of East 30th Avenue and North Xanadu Street in the Morris Heights Neighborhood.

Upon arrival officers located an adult male in the roadway who had been shot.  He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injury. 

This case is still an active investigation and at this time there is no additional information to share. Investigators believe this is an isolated incident and that there is no danger to the general public. 

The name of the victim will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office once the victim has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified. 

Anyone with information about his case is asked to call Agent Lampson with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6013. Tipsters can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using crime stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Mar 26, 2020 at 11:10 PM
  
On Saturday March the 21st at approximately 5:45p.m, District 1 Patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Windsor Court Apartments, which are located in the 10900 block of East 16th Avenue in Northwest Aurora. 

Upon arrival officers located an adult male in an apartment who had been shot. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumb to his injuries.

This case is still an active investigation and at this time there is no additional information to share. Investigators believe this is an isolated incident and that there is no danger to the general public. 

The name of the victim will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified. 

Anyone with information about his case is asked to call Agent Prince with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6127. Tipsters can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using crime stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Mar 21, 2020 at 9:41 PM
  

(February 19, 2020) On Wednesday February 19, 2020 at about 11:20 a.m., Aurora Police Department Officers in the area of East Mississippi Avenue and North Sable Boulevard saw a pickup truck and recognized that it was stolen in a burglary yesterday.  The keys were taken from an unsecured locker at the Morehead Recreation Center.  

Officers in an unmarked patrol vehicle observed a stolen vehicle in the area.  As officers were investigating the stolen vehicle it was involved in a crash.  Officers had not yet initiated a traffic stop, nor were they in pursuit.
The officers began to follow the vehicle without turning on their lights and sirens because they were in an unmarked car.  The driver of the stolen pickup, a 2010 Toyota Tacoma, ran the red light at East 6th Avenue and North Sable Boulevard.  The pickup truck struck an RTD bus, another pickup truck, and an Aurora City Parks and Recreation vehicle.    The Aurora Officers did not turn on their lights and siren to make a traffic stop before the driver accelerated.  

The stolen pickup truck rolled, striking a power box, and came to rest in the ditch just north of E. 6th Avenue and N. Dillon Way.  There were seven juvenile passengers in the stolen pickup truck.  Aurora Fire Rescue and Falk Ambulance responded to the scene.  Multiple people had to be extricated from the stolen pickup truck.  In total, there were nine people injured: seven minor injuries, one serious, and one critical.    

The damage to the power box has caused power outages in the area.  

The intersection was closed for a period of time while officers were investigating this incident.  

Aurora Police Department Traffic Investigators are handling this investigation which is ongoing.  It will be some time before appropriate charges are determined.  The names of those involved are not being released at this time. 

Agent Faith R. Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by fgoodric@auroragov.org  On Feb 19, 2020 at 4:35 PM
  
(February 12, 2020) On February 10, 2020, Public Safety Communications Division received a 911 call at approximately 10:51 A.M. about a male shot in the area of 359 North Potomac Circle. Aurora Police Officers quickly arrived on scene and located an adult male who had been shot. Officers applied a tourniquet to this male that likely saved his life. This male was then transported to an area hospital in serious condition.

Officers gathered descriptions of additional individuals seen running from the scene and relayed this information over the radio. Responding officers observed two additional males matching that description near the intersection of East 2nd Place and North Potomac Street. These males were contacted, and both were armed with firearms when detained. While speaking to these individuals, one was found to be suffering from a gunshot wound. The other male was suffering from a different health issue but was not shot. These two adult males were both transported to the hospital in non-critical condition.

While checking the immediate area near 359 North Potomac Circle, officers located an additional male that had been shot inside of a black vehicle. This male was rushed to the hospital in extremely serious condition, where he currently remains. The only information we are releasing currently about the male’s identity is that he is 17 years old.

Two of the people involved have since been released from the hospital and both have been arrested and charged with aggravated robbery. Due to the ongoing investigation, and needing to complete additional interviews and photo lineups, their names and booking photos are unavailable.

A third adult male is still admitted into the hospital in serious condition, but with non-life-threatening injuries. Once discharged, this male will be arrested and charged with attempted murder. Additionally, because of the active investigation, his name and booking photo will not be available for release at this time.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing. If you have any information or video of the crime, please contact Agent Randy Hansen with the Major Crimes Homicide Unit at 303-739-6710. Tipsters can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

This case will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Any further inquiries about this case will need to be directed to their office.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Feb 12, 2020 at 10:42 AM
  

On Monday January 27, 2020, at approximately 9:20 a.m., Aurora police officers responded to 641 North Potomac Street on a reported shooting which left one woman dead.


The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office issued a press release on January 28, 2020 identifying the woman as Mae Rose Garth DOB 5/14/52.

 

The Major Crimes Homicide Unit agents arrested Tyrone Garth DOB 1/4/79 at the scene, and charged him with Colorado Revised Statue 18-3-102 Murder in the first degree. Tyrone is the son of Mae Rose.

 

An Aurora Police Department booking photo of Tyrone has been included with this updated press release. 

 

This homicide will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and we ask any additional media inquiries related to this investigation be directed to their office.

 

We continue to urge anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent 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).

*Name corrected to Tyrone from Tyron on 1/29/20.


garth

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

information previously released on January 27, 2020:

(January 27, 2020) On Monday, January 27, 2020, at approximately 09:20 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded 641 North Potomac Street on a reported shooting.

Upon officer’s arrival they located an adult female inside of an apartment with a gunshot wound. The female was transported to an area hospital where she has been pronounced deceased. Positive identification of the victim will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

After arriving on scene, officers contacted a person of interest who has been detained and transported to our Major Crimes/Homicide Unit for questioning. We do know that the victim and person of interest are related but their exact relationship is not being released at this time. This investigation is still very active and ongoing and there is no threat to the community.

We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent 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 Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jan 29, 2020 at 12:27 PM
  

On October 24th, 1996, at about 0800 hours, Aurora police officers and homicide detectives were dispatched to the alley in the 1200 block of Iola Street.  They discovered the body of twenty-five-year-old Tangie Sims.  Her body had been dumped at the location after she was violently assaulted and stabbed to death.  The initial investigation revealed Sims was last seen walking to a semi-truck.  In addition, it was determined the suspect had cut himself during the murder and had left drops of blood at the scene.  Samples of the suspect’s blood were recovered.

Unfortunately, the case went cold and remained that way for a lengthy period of time.  Current MCHU Detectives Steve Conner and Michael Prince continued to work this case for the family of the victim.  They never quit following up on leads and revisiting the case file.  They knew the best chance of solving this homicide would be through the recovered blood left by the suspect and the incredible advancements that had been made in DNA analysis.

In 2019 advancements in DNA, specifically genealogical research, lead to a break in the case.  United Data Connect, Inc. through the excellent forensic work a genealogist produced a possible suspect by comparing the blood sample to known DNA from a relative.  Detectives Conner and Prince immediately began following up on this information.  The leads took them to North Dakota and Idaho where they located a member of the suspect’s immediate family.  The family member was cooperative and provided a DNA sample to the detectives. 

United Data Connect, Inc. was able to positively identify Wesley Backman DOB 04/12/1955 as the suspect in this horrible crime.  Detectives learned that Backman had passed away in 2008.  The detectives discovered Backman had been an over the road truck driver and had lived in many different locations throughout the United States to include Aurora, CO. 

The excellent work done by the original investigators, the incredible determination of Detectives Conner and Prince, as well as the amazing work done by United Data Connect, Inc. allowed the family of Sims to finally obtain some solace and closure.  The costs of this investigation were provided by Crime Stoppers which continues to provide invaluable assistance with criminal investigations. 

Detectives Conner and Prince continue to work with other police agencies across the country to determine if Backman was responsible for additional unsolved homicides.


Aurora Police Department 
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jan 15, 2020 at 4:44 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
  

On Monday December 16th, 2019 at approximately 10:01 p.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to the Aurora Hills apartment complex located at 11922 East Archer Place on a reported shooting.

Upon officer’s arrival they located a teenage male inside an apartment with a gunshot wound.  Shortly thereafter the male was pronounced deceased on scene. Positive identification of the victim, and notification of the next-of-kin will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

This investigation is still very active and ongoing and is being investigated as a homicide by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit.  An arrest as not been made, and so we do not interfere with any ongoing investigational efforts no further information will be shared at this time.  


We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent Hansen at 303-739-6710.


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 Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095


Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Dec 17, 2019 at 3:01 PM
  
On Sunday December 15th, 2019 just after midnight Aurora Police Officers responded to 11249 East Colfax Avenue due to reports of a male lying in the street.

Upon officers arrival they located an adult Hispanic male lying in the street suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper-body.  The victim was transported to an area hospital where he tragically succumbed to his injuries this morning at approximately 6:00 a.m.

Positive identification of the victim, and notification of the next-of-kin will be done by the Adams County Coroner’s Office.

This investigation is still very active and ongoing, and is being investigated as a homicide by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent Huber at 303-739-6090.

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 Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Dec 15, 2019 at 1:32 PM
  

On Thursday November 21st, 2019 at approximately 2:36 p.m., Aurora Police Officers were dispatched to 13606 East 14th Avenue in response to a shooting.

Upon officer’s arrival they found an unresponsive adult male inside of a residence.  Shortly thereafter that male was pronounced deceased on scene.  Further investigation was necessary to determine the circumstances that led up to the death.

Since then, the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit has upgraded this investigation to a Homicide.  On November 22, 2019 a 16-year-old juvenile was arrested and charged with at least the following:


18-3-104 (1)(a) Manslaughter, Class 4 Felony

18-12-108 (1) Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender, Class 5 Felony


Due to the suspect being a juvenile no further personal identifying information will be publicly released.

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

We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness or have any information related to this homicide to please contact Agent Ingui at 303.739.6067.

Any additional media inquiries should be directed to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office Public Information Officer Vikki Migoya.

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



Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Nov 25, 2019 at 2:33 PM
  
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