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Suspect dead, 2 officers hospitalized in 'violent disturbance' in Aurora

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Posted at 9:08 PM, Dec 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 13:06:29-05

AURORA, Colo. — A man is dead and two Aurora officers hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after a “large disturbance” at an apartment complex Monday night.

Around 6:15 p.m., officers with the Aurora Police Department responded to the 10600 block of E. Jewell Avenue on a report of a family disturbance, according to Aurora Police Officer Bill Hummel.

When officers arrived, they were confronted by a man who was assaulting family members, Hummel said. He said “a very violent fight ensued” as officers attempted to take the man into custody.

“This fight become so violent and involved, that officers put out what we call a ‘help call,’" he said. "That prompted a city-wide response from officers in all three districts."

Hummel said the man, whose name and age have not been released, became unresponsive as officers attempted to take him into custody. They administered life-saving efforts until medical personnel arrived. According to the AP, officers used a Taser against the man, who was not armed.

Paramedics rushed the suspect to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Two officers were also transported to local area hospitals where they were treated for injuries that were not life threatening.

The officers involved in this incident have been placed on administrative reassignment with pay, as is Aurora Police Department policy.

Hummel said no shots were fired and the suspect was not armed. The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death.

The case is being investigated by the Aurora Police Department's Major Crimes Unit and the Denver Police Department Homicide Unit.