Aurora police shoot, kill suspect after traffic stop near Smoky Hill High School

AURORA, Colo. -- Police shot and killed a suspect after a traffic stop near Smoky Hill High School late Saturday night, the Aurora Police Department said.

Police said it happened just before 11:30 p.m. near East Smoky Hill Road and South Mobile Way.

Officers approached an adult male in the vehicle and a short time later an officer fired his weapon at the suspect.

“I was woken up by seven to eight gunshots,” said Martin Gonzalez, who lives near the scene. “A second or two went by, and I heard two more shots. Then, someone screaming, 'Let me see your hands, let me see your hands.

“I was shocked, shocked. Gunshots right outside my window. It’s hard, and I understand what they’re going through, and I wish them the best. But also as citizens, we want to stay safe too.”

Officers rendered aid to the suspect, who was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Officers said they found a gun inside the vehicle.

The incident is under investigation and the officer has been placed on routine paid administrative leave.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 303-739-6106.