$1 million bond set for man accused of shooting Aurora officer

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AURORA, Colo. — Authorities identified the suspect accused of shooting an Aurora Police officer Friday night.

Jahvell Daquan Forrest faces of charge of first-degree attempted murder of a police officer and first-degree assault of a police officer, said interim Police Chief Terry Jones.

“We are absolutely certain we have the gunman,” Jones while sharing details about the arrest during a news conference Friday.

Jones said the investigation leading to Forrest had many “unique twists and turns” and involved officers going door-to-door talking to witnesses where the shooting happened.

“Most of it was done with down-and-dirty police work,” Jones said.

Forrest, 20, was arrested Tuesday and appeared in court on Wednesday morning.

He has a lengthy criminal record and several arrests for misdemeanor crimes including assault, shoplifting, traffic violations and failure to appear in court, Jones said.  “Our suspect has no regard for anyone but himself,” Jones said.

Additional arrests may still come, he said.

Scene where Aurora officer was shot Nov. 14, 2014

Scene where Aurora officer was shot Nov. 14, 2014

Aurora Police had offered a $35,000 reward for information that led to an arrest and conviction of whoever shot Officer Ryan Burns.

He was shot around 9 p.m. Friday as he and a fellow officer pulled over a car in the 1700 block of Fulton Street.

Both officers didn’t know that the car had been reported stolen earlier in the evening after its owner left it running and unattended a few blocks away.

As Burns approached the car, he was shot before he even got a good look at the driver, police said.  His partner fired back several times and the driver then sped off and eventually abandoned the vehicle.

Burns was hospitalized, but has been upgraded to good condition. The 11-year veteran of the department is expected to recover from his injuries.

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