AURORA | Police are investigating three shootings Saturday and early Sunday, one involving an Aurora police officer that left a car-theft suspect dead.
The first shooting occurred Saturday afternoon when Aurora police shot and killed a car-theft suspect after the fleeing man threatened officers with a gun as officers chased him on foot across busy Denver intersection.
The investigation of the shooting at East Alameda Avenue and South Galena Street, at the Aurora-Denver border, closed the intersection for hours.
Denver police are leading the investigation as part of a state law regarding officer-involved shootings.
Denver Police Chief Ron Thomas told reporters during a live-streamed press conference that Aurora police pulled over a car at about 3:30 p.m. near East Alameda Avenue and South Havana Street. Police were pursuing the car because they believed it was stolen, and the two men inside were considered suspects.
One of the men ran from the car, and police chased him, Thomas said.
“He got to a fence and turned and confronted the officers,” Thomas said. The man produced some kind of firearm, threatened the officers, and two officers fired at the man “striking the suspect, who went down.”
Police rendered immediate aid to the man and called for medical help. The man was rushed to a nearby hospital but died from his injuries soon after.
The second suspect, who remained in the car, was not injured and has been taken into custody.
Only Aurora officers were involved in the shooting, Denver Police, in addition to Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, are conducting the investigation, which will be handed over to district attorney officials in Arapahoe County.
There was no immediate information about the officers involved in the shooting, nor identifying information about the man who was shot or the other car-theft suspect.
Thomas did not specify the exact number of officers involved in the pursuit or if any officers were injured.
In response to a question at the briefing, Thomas said that body camera footage of the incident will be released “in as timely a manner as we can.”
A rifle at the scene was dropped by an officer but was not used, Thomas said. He said he did not know whether the suspect was shot in the front or in the back.
“We believe that the officers were threatened with the weapon and that’s why they discharged, but again, that will be part of the investigation,” he said.
Unrelated, at about 7:30 p.m., Aurora police said a man was shot and a woman injured by some kind of debris after a shooting in the 9300 block of East 19th Avenue.
Both the man and the woman are expected to survive, police said.
Witnesses told police the shooting suspect left the scene on foot, but police provided no details on the shooter’s description nor the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
Early Sunday, two men were shot in a parking lot in central Aurora, police said.
At about 1:30 a.m., police said two men in a parking lot on the 2295 S. Chambers Road were rushed from the location to a nearby hospital suffering serious gunshot injuries.
Police said the shooting victims were shot multiple times.
“Tragically, one of the men, a 44-year-old, has died from his injuries,” police said in a tweet Sunday morning. “The other man, a 52-year-old, remains hospitalized.”
Police said they did not know at the time what led to the shooting.
“Suspect left the scene prior to our arrival,” police said, adding that there was no suspect information available. “At least three vehicles and one business sustained damage from gunfire as well.”
Police said anyone with information about either shooting can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Tipsters can remain anonymous and still be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000, police said.