AURORA, Colo. -- There were eight officer-involved shootings in Aurora in 2015.
But so far this year, there have been four, with all of them occurring this month and the most recent Sunday night. That suspect, 19-year-old Natnael Gebretsadik, is in the hospital with what police call life-threatening injuries.
Police said he ran from his car after he was pulled over for a traffic stop Sunday night. They say he pulled a gun and pointed it several times at the officer who was chasing him.
Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz said all four officer-involved shootings have one thing in common: The suspect pointed a gun, or in one case, a fake gun, at officers and threatened them. Officers had no choice but to shoot, Metz said.
Metz said police around the country are seeing an increase in violent suspects pulling guns on officers. He said he believes this series of shootings is an "anomaly" and believes Aurora is a safe city.