AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) — The Aurora Police Department said an off-duty officer was involved in a fight and arrested on Wednesday night.
APD officers responded to a call at 8:30 p.m. of a physical fight taking place in the 15900 block of East Briarwood Circle. When police arrived they discovered off-duty Aurora Police Officer Douglas Harroun, 32, was involved in the fight.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office was then called out to conduct the investigation at 9:30 p.m. According to ACSO, “witnesses told deputies they observed a male punching a woman several times in the head and the face.”
According to an affidavit obtained by the Problem Solvers, Harroun was driving to his home with his wife in the passenger seat. When they arrived at their complex, the victim was walking her dog in the middle of the road and Harroun was unable to pass.
Harroun’s wife then allegedly got into a verbal argument with the victim while he got out and approached her on foot. Eventually, the wife also got out of the vehicle and stood on the other side of the victim.
The affidavit says this is when Harroun first punched the victim in the head and knocked her to the ground. Witnesses said he then got on top of her and hit her in the head several more times.
Deputies arrested Harroun and he is facing a third-degree assault charge against an at-risk adult. His bond was set at $25,000.
ACSO said the victim is a physically disabled 49-year-old woman who was taken to the hospital to treat her injuries.
APD has launched an internal affairs investigation into the incident and placed Harroun on immediate and indefinite suspension without pay.
“Internally, we’re going to be looking at the best practices related to accountability, so the community understands we’re holding them accountable. If they need to get more training, they’ll get more training. If they make mistakes they’ll be taken to task,” said Interim APD Chief Art Acevedo.
“The alleged actions Wednesday night are inconsistent with the Aurora Police Department’s core values,” Acevedo said. “We want to thank our partners at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office’s for responding and taking the lead on the investigation.”
Acevedo also wants to acknowledge the officers that are doing good in the community.
“We live in a ‘got you’ world right, that’s just the country we’ve become. That’s fine call us on the carpet. But we also need to tell the story of the vast majority of the men and women here that are doing great work and I wanna tell their stories. We’re going to always acknowledge the good, the bad and the ugly with equal fervor,” said Acevedo.
The department said that Harroun has been with the department for more than two years and was involved in an officer-involved shooting on Dec. 31, 2022. Harroun was placed on paid administrative leave following that incident.