Man dead after being shot by at least one Denver police officer in Aurora


AURORA, Colo. — A man died after being shot by at least one Denver Police Department officer in Aurora Monday evening.

According to the Aurora Police Department, the shooting happened about 6:05 p.m. near the East Iliff Avenue off-ramp for southbound Interstate 225.

DPD said the incident started near South Federal Boulevard and West Cedar Avenue, where officers located a stolen vehicle.

Officers followed the stolen vehicle to I-225 and Iliff.

“He pulled over. We’re not sure why he pulled over and why he chose the location,” DPD Division Chief Ron Thomas said.

DPD says the shooting occurred when the man got out of the vehicle and confronted officers. He was armed with a gun, DPD said.

“I can just tell you that he did engage officers at the point of the stop,” Thomas said.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 6:30 p.m. His name and age have not yet been released.

DPD said there was no pursuit before the shooting.

“There was not a pursuit. This was just a stolen vehicle. This isn’t something that we would authorize a pursuit for,” Thomas said.

The suspect was the only person in the vehicle.

DPD said there were some unmarked patrol vehicles involved. None of the police vehicles had their lights and sirens on while following the suspect.

Thomas said following suspects into neighboring jurisdictions does occasionally happen.

“It does happen, but obviously there’s protocols in place where we notify the receiving jurisdiction so that they can provide some cover and support,” he said.

No officers were injured during the incident.

Police say there is no danger to the public and asked people to stay away from the scene.

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