AURORA | An Aurora police officer is expected to recover after police say a wanted man slammed his car into the officer’s Wednesday.
Police said the incident started shortly before noon when officers from the East Metro Auto Theft Team and the Aurora SWAT team were preparing to arrest Christopher Gibbs, 28, in the 4200 block of South Salida Way.
Police say Gibbs put his car into reverse when he saw the officers and slammed into an officer’s unmarked police car. Gibbs then took off on foot and was arrested a short time later, police said. A woman with Gibbs was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.
The officer was taken to an area hospital but police said he is expected to recover and could be released from the hospital later today.
Gibbs was taken into custody on a parole violation and will likely face further charges stemming from Wednesday’s incident, police said.
Police are not releasing Gibbs’ mug shot because it could be used in future line ups, said Aurora police spokeswoman Sgt. Cassidee Carlson.
Gibbs has a lengthy arrest record dating back to 2002, including a previous arrest in 2005 for assaulting an Aurora police officer.