Security guard at Aurora pot dispensary fatally shot in robbery


AURORA | Aurora police are looking for two men suspected in the fatal shooting of a security guard at an Aurora marijuana dispensary that was robbed Saturday night, June 18.

Green Heart Marijuana Dispensary on East Quincy Avenue in Aurora. (Via Facebook)
Green Heart Marijuana Dispensary on East Quincy Avenue in Aurora. (Via Facebook)

Police say they were called to the Green Heart Marijuana Dispensary, 19005 E. Quincy Ave., about 9:44 p.m. June 18 on a report of a robbery and shots fired at the store. Upon arrival a security guard was found with multiple gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead after being taken to a nearby hospital.

Investigators with APD’s Major Crimes/Homicides Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit are now handling the case. After evaluating the scene, they concluded that the suspects are two black males who were armed with handguns. There has been no further description of the suspects at this time, nor details about what was taken in the robbery.

Like many Colorado marijuana dispensaries, the Green Heart store — in addition to having the posted security guard — also is equipped with security cameras at the location. Police have not said whether footage from security cameras have yielded any information that would help identify the robbery and shooting suspects.

The identity of the guard killed in the shooting has not been released pending positive identification and notification of next of kin by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

Aurora police ask that anyone with information about the incident call Agent Matthew Ingui with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6067. Tipsters can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Tipsters who call Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Green Heart is one of three retail-licensed marijuana stores in Aurora’s Ward VI. The city’s Code of Ordinances allows for up to four retail pot shops in each council ward. Aurora’s Marijuana Enforcement Division is not currently accepting applicants for the fourth license in Ward IV, but is accepting cultivation, manufacturing and testing establishment license applications; there is no city-established limit on licenses for those such businesses.