Aurora Police: Officers shot and killed robbery suspect who refused to drop gun

Shooting happened after convenience store robbery

AURORA, Colo. - Aurora police say officers shot and killed a robbery suspect who ignored commands to drop his gun on Thursday night.

The shooting happened near Tower Road and East Sixth Avenue at about 10:45 p.m.

Police told 7NEWS an armed robbery occurred at the Fast-N-Friendly Food Mart at 138 Del Mar Circle. The suspect, who was described as wearing a mask and carrying a black handgun, demanded cash from an employee.

A witness gave officers a description of the suspect, a black male. Another officer saw a sedan leaving the area at a high speed along Sixth Avenue with its lights turned off and with one occupant matching the description of the robbery suspect. 

As it fled, the suspects' vehicle struck another car, but kept going, police said.

Police said officers used a tactical maneuver, hitting the side of the sedan with a patrol car to make it spin out and stop.

A male passenger got out of the suspect vehicle with a gun and ignored officers' commands to drop it, police said.

"Once they were able to get the vehicle stopped, a suspect was seen fleeing from the vehicle with a handgun. Officers did give orders to the suspect and he did not comply," said APD spokeswoman Diana Cooley.

Officers fired, striking the suspect. The wounded suspect was transported to a hospital where he later died, police said.The driver was taken into custody and Cooley says charges are pending.

No officers were injured, police said.

Anyone who has information about this case is asked to call Detective Alton Reed at 303-739-6068.

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