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Barricaded suspect in south Aurora wanted in connection with vehicular homicide escapes law enforcement

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Posted at 8:39 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 17:24:59-04

AURORA, Colo. – A barricaded suspect wanted in connection with a vehicular homicide from earlier this month was able to escape from law enforcement Tuesday night after an hours-long standoff.

Police tweeted there was a “large police presence” in the area of E. Harvard Avenue and S. Blackhawk Street at around 3:54 p.m. They said SWAT was at the scene trying to make contact with a barricaded suspect and asked residents to avoid the area as they tried to work on a peace resolution.

The suspect was wanted in connection with a vehicular homicide that occurred on May 3, according to Aurora Police Departments spokesman Matthew Longshore, who added there were concerns the man may have been armed.

By about 5:49 p.m., officers warned residents they would be hearing “a series of loud bangs” as SWAT officers deployed gas canisters into an apartment where the suspect was believed to be barricaded.

But by 8:39 p.m., police said the suspect, who was identified as 27-year-old Joseph Benson, had escaped from the scene. Police asked anyone with information as to his whereabouts, to please call 911.

Anaheim Street was closed in both directions between Harvard Avenue and Harvard Place, while Blackhawk Street was closed in both directions between Harvard and Vasser.