Suspect dies following officer-involved shooting in Aurora

Posted at 2:23 AM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 18:17:14-04

AURORA, Colo. — Aurora police shot and killed a person early Wednesday morning at the Biltmore Motel on E. Colfax Ave. and Yosemite Street. 

The shooting happened around 12:30 a.m. after officers responded to a report of shots being fired in that area. They had been investigating another scene nearby when they heard gunshots. Witnesses told officers there was a man firing a gun and officers spotted a person matching the description and attempted to stop him. 

Officers chased the adult man into the parking lot of the Biltmore Motel.

During the foot pursuit, the man rounded the corner of a building, APD said. When the three officers who were chasing the man rounded the corner, telling the man to drop his weapon, APD says that one officer shot the man, striking him. The man was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, but was later pronounced dead. His name has not been released. 

No officers were injured.

"I can say there is a weapon recovered at the scene here, I cannot go into details of that, because we still need to gather statements from the officers involved," said officer Bill Hummel, spokesperson with Aurora Police Department. 

The weapon did not belong to the officers, Hummel said.

Three officers were involved in the incident but only one fired shots. An APD spokesperson said the officer who shot the man is 30 years old and a three-year veteran of the department. The officer has been placed on standard administrative leave during the investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting is asked to contact Detective Nick Huber with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at (303) 739-6090.