Jahvell Forrest due in court for Aurora officer’s shooting in November


AURORA | A man accused of shooting an Aurora police officer last year is due in court Thursday for a hearing that could be the first public glimpse Jahvell Forrest, mug shot courtesy Aurora police. at the evidence police have against him.

Jahvell Forrest, 20, 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.

Court documents against Forrest have been sealed since his arrest, so few details about the shooting have been released.

At Thursday’s hearing, a judge is expected to rule whether there is enough evidence for Forrest to stand trial.

At a press conference announcing Forrest’s arrest last year, interim police Chief Terry Jones said he couldn’t comment on what lead police to arrest Forrest, but he credited a door-to-door canvass the day after the shooting and good detective work with helping break the case.

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.

Forrest is due in court at 2 p.m. at the Adams County Justice Center in Brighton.