Two dead, Aurora police officer, suspect injured during alley gunfight near Anschutz Medical Campus

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AURORA | An Aurora police officer and ‘multiple’ others were shot Friday evening — two fatally — in an alley near the Anschutz Medical Campus in an apparent gunfight, police said.

After the shooting, two adults and a male juvenile victim were transported to local hospitals.

“Both adults victims sadly succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced deceased at the hospital,” police said in a statement on Saturday.  “The juvenile victim and the suspect are both receiving treatment at local area hospitals.”

Police were called to the area of East 19th Avenue and Peoria street at about 5:15 p.m. to investigate fighting, according to police spokesman Officer Kenneth Forrest.

While there, the officer heard gunfire coming from a nearby alley. Rushing to the scene, the officer saw “multiple” parties lying on the ground who had been shot.

The officer and suspected gunman fired at each other, and both apparently shot each other during the exchange, Forrest said.

The officer is recovering at home, police said. They credited his bullet-resistant vest for saving his life.

Police said identities of the dead would be released by coroner officials.

Forrest said Aurora and Denver police are both investigating the shooting as part of a state law requiring that protocol for officer-involved shootings. Adams County district attorney officials are also part of that investigation.

Police did not identify the officer and said he was placed on administrative leave, which is standard Aurora Police Department policy.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call  Detective Matthew Ingui at 303-739-6067