Jahvell Daquan Forrest sentenced to 30 years in shooting of Aurora officer

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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — Jahvell Daquan Forrest was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison in the shooting of Aurora police Officer Ryan Burns in 2014.

Forrest, 21, shot at Burns and Officer Dale Leonard during a traffic stop of a stolen vehicle in the 1700 block of Fulton Street in Aurora on Nov. 14, 2014. Burns was shot in the leg and was saved by Leonard, who applied a tourniquet at the scene.

Forrest was found guilty in February of six counts of attempted reckless manslaughter, two counts of second-degree assault, aggravated motor vehicle theft and felony menacing.

When the officers pulled over Forrest, they did not know the vehicle 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 got a good look at the driver, police said.  Leonard fired back several times and Forrest then sped off and eventually abandoned the vehicle.

“He tried to kill both of these officers that night,” Rhoda Pilmer, senior deputy district attorney for the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, told District Judge Robert Kiesnowski Jr.

“Someone who treats our law enforcement officers this way truly has no respect for this community and needs to be held accountable. It was Officer Leonard who saved his partner’s life that night. But for that tourniquet on that cold icy street that night, Officer Burns would not have made it.”

Forrest apologized in front of Kiesnowski, who was not swayed.

“The only thing I think you’re sorry about is that you got caught and are going to prison,” he said. “The community needs to know that when you fire a weapon at anyone, especially a police officer, the consequences are dire. It is not open season on police officers, the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect the rest of us.”

Forrest had a lengthy criminal record at the time of his arrest and several arrests for misdemeanor crimes, including assault, shoplifting, traffic violations and failure to appear in court.

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