Ex-cop arrested on murder charge in teen’s death

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ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — A former police officer accused in the fatal shooting of a teenager has been formally charged with murder.

According to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s office, 36-year-old Adam Holen has been charged with:

  • 1 count of second-degree murder (Felony Class 2),
  • 1 count of felony menacing (Felony Class 5),
  • 1 count of prohibited use of a weapon (Misdemeanor Class 2), and
  • 2 violent crime sentence enhancers.

The DA’s office announced the charges on Wednesday. Holen was arrested, according to the Aurora Police Department.

Court records show Holen had posted $50,000 by Wednesday evening. A court date had not yet been posted.

Holen resigned from the Greenwood Village Police Department weeks before the incident, according to a copy of his Nov. 1 resignation letter obtained by FOX31. The letter also listed his address as near the area where the shooting happened.

Holen is accused of shooting and killing 17-year-old Peyton Blitstein during what police described as a gunfire exchange between the two on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

APD has said it started as a confrontation between Holen and a group of teenagers, including Blitstein, over a careless driving incident in the neighborhood of the 3900 block of South Addison Way.

Home surveillance video captured the incident. Blitstein died, and Holen was treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

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