Aurora police shoot suspected robber on RTD Colfax bus Sunday; 3rd officer-involved shooting in 8 days

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Interim Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates, right, and Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown give details of and officer involved shooting on a Colfax RTD bus Oct. 2, 2022. SENTINEL SCREEN GRAB

AURORA | A 35-year-old white man was shot and killed by Aurora police on an East Colfax RTD bus after he created some kind of disturbance at an alternative sentencing facility and then, wielding a knife, robbed a nearby convenience store, according to Aurora police.

It was the third officer-related shooting in Aurora in eight days.

Aurora interim Police Chief Dan Oates said the events leading to the shooting began at about 6 pm. Sunday when Arapahoe County Sheriff Deputies were called to a regional alternative sentencing program facility at East Colfax Avenue and Moline Street.

A deputy was dispatched to retrieve the man, not identified by police, because of the rules violation, Oates said. The man was reportedly wielding “a large knife.”

When the deputy arrived, he confronted the man briefly, who crossed the street to a nearby convenience store and went inside.

Employees and witnesses inside the store called 911 to report a robbery there, and the deputy saw the man leave the store and get on an RTD bus.

By then, Aurora police had arrived and officers also got on the bus to confront the man.

Oates said the officers deployed at first a police dog to get the man off the bus and then taser weapons.

At some point, “two other officers fired their handguns,” Oates said, striking the suspect.

He was taken to a nearby hospital and died from his injuries at about 6:30 p.m., police said.

No one else was injured during the robbery or on the bus, police said.

The 17th Judicial District Critical Incidence Response Team will lead the investigation into the shooting, as spelled out by state law regulating the investigation of officer-involved shootings.

It was the third officer-related shooting in just over a week.

Early Saturday, police chased two robbery suspects in a vehicle, forced them to crash their car near Denver International Airport and then fired on one suspect who brandished a gun, killing him, according to Denver police.

The incident began about 2 a.m. Saturday after a 7-Eleven store at East Colfax Avenue and Sable Boulevard was robbed, according to Denver Police chief Ron Thomas.

Witnesses said the store was robbed by two men who fled in a small, dark-colored SUV.

About 5:30 a.m., Aurora police in the area believed they came across the robbery suspects in their car and attempted to stop them, Thomas said.

The suspects fled and Aurora police pursued them, chasing them north toward DIA.

At one point, Aurora police attempted a maneuver to force the fleeing suspects off the road, causing the car to crash, police said.

Several police ran to the car, and the driver got out of the car brandishing a “long gun,” Thomas said.

Three Aurora police officers fired “several times” at the man, killing him, police said.

The other occupant of the car was apparently not injured, but was arrested at the scene. Denver police said only that the occupants in the car were adult males.

An Aurora police officer involved in the chase was injured during the forced crash and taken to a nearby hospital. He is reported to have suffered only minor injuries.

Last week, Aurora police were pursing a car-theft suspect that also resulted in an officer-related shooting.

At one point, the man fled from police, who opened fire on the man after he brandished a gun. A few days later, Denver police evidence revealed the man had actually raised his gun to his head and shot himself during the confrontation. Police have not released any evidence in the case.

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Dean68
Dean68
2 months ago

Any of these current council people who are still willing to ignore how dangerous areas existing around northern older Aurora, with east Colfax personifying the epicenter of risk. The persistent reality-avoider politicians need to have their pulse verified to see if they are even capable to recognize what’s going on. This is a wildfire out of control. Things aren’t getting better, we continue to see the clearly offensive political roadblocks to negatively impact the cops on the ground, and thus these social ills continue. And so do these stories.  

Don
Don
2 months ago
Reply to  Dean68

It’s sad. Our car was stolen out of our driveway on the 19th and recovered last Thursday. Repair estimate is up to $3,500 so far and I’ll have to pay my $1,000 deductible, of course. After Democrats have brushed these crimes aside for so long, calling these criminals just misguided youth who need our sympathy, this is exactly where it was going to lead.

FactsOverFeelings
FactsOverFeelings
2 months ago
Reply to  Don

Blaming Democrats for everything has always been your schtick Don. In this case maybe you should consider it may have been karma?

Don
Don
2 months ago

Classic deflection and victim blaming. Totally pathetic.

Trebor Cadeau
Trebor Cadeau
2 months ago

Buthere is no such thing as karma. Nowho to blame?

Kelly White
Kelly White
2 months ago

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes

Harry Brook
Harry Brook
2 months ago

Oates said an Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office deputy was called to the facility because the man had violated rules and was causing a disturbance, and the sheriff’s office policy dictated that he be taken into custody and returned to jail.

Trebor Cadeau
Trebor Cadeau
2 months ago

Thank you, officers, for defending yourselves and the public.
Don’t lethe number of days influence your decisions.
Do what criminals make necessary to do.
Thankful thathe police dog was not hurt.