Aurora cops use squad car to force fleeing murder suspect off the road


AURORA | Two Aurora police officers sustained minor injuries when they ran a squad car into a vehicle carrying an Aurora murder suspect to force it off the road Saturday afternoon.

Police say they had previously named Jesus Aguirre-Flores, 26, as a suspect in the shooting death of an Lance M. Gerry, 35, at the Radiant Inn,  10950 E. Colfax Ave. on Aug. 17. Police originally said in August they were looking for a Black male driving a gray Ford 250 or 350 in connection with this shooting, according to August tweets by the department.

At about 4 p.m. Saturday, officers patrolling the area spotted Aguire-Flores in a car driven by Khadijah Evans, 22. Evans refused to yield to officers when they tried to pull her over.

“A pursuit was authorized, which traveled through parts of Northwest Aurora and briefly into Denver,” according to Aurora Police spokesman Lt. Chris Amsler.

One officer used a police car to “to forcibly end the pursuit” in the area of East 14th Avenue and Del Mar Parkway, Amsler said in a statement.

Two officers involved in the chase sustained minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital.  Aguirre-Flores and Evans were arrested at the scene.

In a statement issued Sunday morning, Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman said he was on a ride along with police and briefly participated in the pursuit.

“Shortly after departing District 1 headquarters, we engaged in a high-speed pursuit of a murder suspect driving a stolen vehicle,” he wrote on twitter.

Police did not detail what the relationship is between Evans, Aguirre-Flores and Gerry.

Aguirre-Flores faces a first-degree murder charge. Evans faces the charge of eluding police.