Judge: Accused cop shooter admitted crime to police


BRIGHTON | A man accused of shooting an Aurora police officer last year admitted to the crime, a judge said Thursday.

While refusing to lower the $1 million bond for Jahvell Forrest, 20, Adams County Judge Jeffrey L. Romeo said Forrest admitted to police that he shot the police officer.

Jahvell Forrest, mug shot courtesy Aurora police. Romeo said that admission, plus Forrest’s apparent willingness to shoot a police office to flee from an auto theft charge, makes the hefty bond appropriate.

“There is absolutely no reason to justify reducing bond,” he said.

Forrest is accused of shooting Aurora police Officer Ryan Burns in the leg during a November traffic stop in north Aurora. He has been held in the Adams County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond since his arrest a few days after the shooting.

He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday but Romeo delayed the hearing at the request of Forrest’s lawyer, who said there was a mountain of evidence she needed to review.

Romeo rescheduled the hearing for Jan. 29.

The hearing, after which a judge is expected to rule whether there is enough evidence for Forrest to stand trial, will likely mark the first public glimpse at the evidence against Forrest. Court documents have been sealed since his arrest, so few details about the shooting have been released.

In arguing against reducing Forrests bond Thursday, prosecutors said Forrest was arrested a few days after the shooting while committing  a robbery in arapahoe county.

Forrest appeared in court Thursday wearing a get and white jail jumpsuit with his hands and feet shackled. He said nothing surf the brief hearing.

Burns was wounded in the leg and police said he only survived because his partner, Officer Dale Leonard, quickly used a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. Police said Burns needed five liters of blood during his hospital stay.

Burns survived his injuries but police said he will likely miss eight to 10 months of work.