Aurora police make arrest in shooting of officer

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AURORA, Colo. -- Police said Tuesday night they made an arrest in the shooting of a police officer that happened Friday night.

They made the announcement via Twitter:

Earlier Tuesday Aurora Police increased the reward to $35,000 for information leading  to the arrest and conviction for whoever shot the officer. Ryan Burns has been upgraded to good condition after being shot during a traffic stop.  The 11-year veteran of the department remained hospitalized but he is expected to recover from his injuries.

The suspect was in a car that had been reported stolen just moments earlier, though Officer Burns didn’t know that when he approached the car.  The vehicle had been left running outside of a hair salon on Colfax Avenue.

The owner of the car, Manny Cabrera manages the salon, and said he ran inside to reset the business alarm never guessing that a minute later a someone would steal his car.  “I really regret this incident, my heart goes out to the officer and his family,” said Cabrera.  Cabrera said he had only owned the used car for a month and has learned his lesson about leaving the engine running, even for a minute.  “Never, never and that goes for everybody,” said Cabrera.

Aurora police pulled the suspect over for an unspecified traffic violation in the 1700 block of Fulton Street.

Police Spokesman Frank Fania said Officer Burns was shot before he even got a look at the driver.  The suspect then sped off and abandoned the car in the 1900 block of Fulton street before escaping on foot.

Fania said police were having trouble developing any leads in the case.  That was until the announcement of an arrest Tuesday night.

Thanks to the joint efforts of the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office, Federal Law Enforcement Partners, Metro Denver Crime Stoppers and several local businesses in Aurora, police were able to raise the reward amount from $7,000 to $35,000

If you can help police, call CRIME STOPPERS AT 720-913-STOP (7867) or text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and then use the title DMCS and enter the message.  You can provide the information anonymously.

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