Aurora police shoot, kill 1 robbery suspect after car chase, crash near DIA Saturday morning

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Denver Police Chief Ron Thomas talks to reporters about an Aurora officer-involved shooting near Denver International Airport on Oct. 1, 2022. (SENTINEL SCREEN GRAB FROM DPD VIDEO)

AURORA | Police chased two robbery suspects in a vehicle early Saturday, 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.

As of about 10 a.m.  a “large police presence” remains in the area of East 75th Avenue and Gun Club Road, as Denver police, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Colorado State Patrol investigate, as is the protocol under state law addressing officer involved shootings. The eastbound exit ramp from Peña Boulevard to the Gun Club Road (cell phone lot) is closed. Additionally, southbound Gun Club Road is closed at East 77th Avenue.

This is the second officer involved shooting in about a week. Last week, Aurora police were pursing a car-theft suspect. 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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Jeff Brown
Jeff Brown
2 months ago

Thank you to the brave officers involved. It sucks to be used by these cowards to aid in their suicides.

Angel
Angel
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Brown

My best friend would never go out by allowing a white police officer to kill him as he was a black man . so before you comment you should know the whole story by the FACTS. You were not present at the time and dont know what really happened. But the times we live in white police officers shoot to kill black people 24\7 365. God bless you, you need it.

Trebor Cadeau
Trebor Cadeau
2 months ago

Thank you, officers.
Sorry that a suspect caused police to fire athe suspect by handling a weapon.
I would put hands up and follow lawful orders precisely.

Angel
Angel
1 month ago
Reply to  Trebor Cadeau

Yeah too bad you were not there and don’t know he had no weapons in his hand when he was killed. But they wont release bodycam footage

Kelly White
Kelly White
2 months ago

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes

Angel
Angel
1 month ago
Reply to  Kelly White

If i knew you I’d slap the fuckk out of you. You dont know the story. My best friend would never do that. When they can release body cam footage youll see they killed him in cold blood. Just another black man killed to them they dont care. They will never release the footage because they killed him in cold blood