Aurora police fatally shot resident who killed intruder after suspected break-in

Aurora police fatally shot resident who killed intruder after suspected break-in

A resident who had just shot and killed an intruder was shot and killed himself by Aurora police early Monday morning.

Police were responding to a report of a disturbance when they shot the armed man at his residence, Aurora police said in a Monday afternoon news release.

The incident is being investigated by the Aurora Police Major Crimes Unit along with the Denver Police Department. State law requires law enforcement agencies to “team up with neighboring agencies to investigate officer-involved shootings,” according to the news release.

The officer-involved shooting happened at about 1:30 a.m. at 10609 E. Montview Boulevard, police said.

At that time, Aurora dispatchers had received multiple 911 calls about a disturbance in the area. Dispatchers also received a 911 call from a woman at the address who said a man was “breaking into her home,” police said.

Upon arriving, officers “heard gunshots fired from inside the home, and encountered an armed” man, police said. An officer fired his gun, hitting the man who turned out to be a resident. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

After the resident was shot, officers went inside the home and found an injured juvenile and a dead man police described as an “intruder,” who was down on a bathroom floor. The injured juvenile was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, caused by the intruder.

“Our preliminary investigation has revealed the deceased intruder on the bathroom floor was fatally shot by the armed adult male resident,” police said. The names of the resident and intruder were not released Monday.

The officer who fired has been placed on administrative reassignment with pay, per department policy.

“This is a very heartbreaking and tragic situation for everyone involved,” Chief Metz said in a written statement.

The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is also involved in the ongoing investigation.

 

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