Aurora Police say an officer shot and killed a suicidal military veteran who pointed rifle at police

No officers injured

AURORA, Colo. - Aurora Police say an officer shot and killed a suicidal military veteran after the man pointed a rifle at police on Friday afternoon.

"He pointed the rifle," Aurora Police Lt. Gary Millspaugh told our partners at the Denver Post. "He was shot in the upper torso."

The man was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name has not been released.

No officers were injured in the confrontation.

A psychologist called 911 about 4 p.m. and said he had just got a call from a patient who was potentially suicidal, Millspaugh told the Post.

The therapist said the man was a military veteran who suffered from  post traumatic stress disorder and may have been abusing his psychotropic medications and drinking alcohol, Millspaugh said.

Officers responded to the 3300 block of South Nucla Way, where they found a man standing in the driveway with a rifle, said Aurora Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Amsler.

Officers repeatedly ordered the man to drop the gun, but instead he pointed the rifle at police. An officer fired one shot, hitting the man, Millspaugh  told the Post.

"He was despondent and suicidal," Millspaugh said. "He had serious ongoing mental health issues."

Amsler said the man lived in the home where the shooting happened.

The Aurora Major Crime/Homicide Unit has taken over the investigation, which is the protocol as in all of the department's officer-involved shootings, Amsler said. Once the investigation is completed, it will be turned over to the Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office for review.

Print this article Back to Top