Police arrest 18-year-old suspect in Georgia in connection with fatal shooting of Aurora teen near local park


AURORA | Authorities have arrested an 18-year-old suspect in connection with the May 6 killing of an Aurora teenager earlier this month, according to information released by the Aurora Police Department.

Officials recently arrested Joseph McCaughin, 18, in Georgia in connection with the recent killing, Aurora police announced May 16.

Police did not specify when or where in Georgia McCaughin was apprehended, nor the agency that arrested him.

No inmates with McCaughin’s name were being detained in the Arapahoe County Detention Center as of Thursday evening, according to county records.

Local investigators had been searching for a suspect described as a “skinny” white male in his late teens or early 20s for the past 10 days.

Police responded to the 4700 block of Memphis Street in southeast Aurora around 6 p.m. May 6 after reports of a shooting, according to APD. That location is adjacent to Wagon Trail Park and Independence Elementary School in the Cherry Creek School District.

First responders found a boy who had been shot. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The slain boy was later identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office as Ryan Robertson, 16.

McCaughin has not been arrested before in Colorado, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records. The state bureau of investigation only releases criminal records for adults. McCaughin turned 18 years old last October.