AURORA | An armed man who ran from a traffic stop late Sunday night, May 15, was injured in an officer-involved shooting in central Aurora.
Aurora police say the man was a passenger with three other people in a Saturn sedan that was pulled over for a traffic violation about 11:04 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of South Blackhawk Street and East Evans Avenue.
As officers began to chase the man as he ran from the car, police say officers noticed he had “produced a handgun,” at which point one officer shot the man.
Police have not said what the initial traffic violation was, but department spokeswoman Crystal McCoy said officers did recover the man’s handgun after he was taken to a nearby hospital with what are believed to be life-threatening injuries.
None of the officers or other people in the sedan were injured during the incident. The three other people in the sedan were detained, but police have not said whether they will be arrested or charged with any crimes.
Per Aurora police protocol, the officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave as the shooting is investigated. Aurora’s Major Crimes/Homicide Unit will be handling the investigation in conjunction with the Denver Police Department.