AURORA, Colo. — An Aurora man faces charges of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer related to a road rage incident Thursday involving a uniformed officer who was off duty.
Jaquey Talone Wyrick, 26, was arrested on suspicion of one count of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer.
Wyrick was the driver of a red Toyota Yaris who twice cut off an off-duty officer near a fast-food parking lot near the intersection of Mississippi Avenue and Chambers Road in Aurora, according to Aurora Police. The officer honked at the driver of the sedan.
He then chased the officer to Interstate 225 where a 16-year-old passenger fired multiple shots at the officer’s personal vehicle while driving south between Mississippi and Iliff, police said.
The officer described the incident in an arrest affidavit. She said the passenger climbed out the passenger window "with his entire torso out" and sat on the window frame. From that position, she reported, he fired multiple rounds at her vehicle. None of them struck the officer or her vehicle.
The 16-year-old boy later died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after barricading himself in a third-story apartment in the 1000 block of South Elkhart Way, police said.
Wyrick willingly spoke with investigators. According to the arrest affidavit, he told them that the other driver drove so recklessly through a parking lot that he "felt physically threatened." He said the driver gave him a "mean" look and then followed him until both vehicles were on the highway, according to the document.
He could not say, however, whether he was in front of or behind the vehicle and was "not aware of things happening around him" because he was concentrating on driving.
Wyrick told police he heard noises like fireworks going off but said he did not see his passenger with a gun, according to the affidavit.
The incident is still under investigation and detectives are interested in speaking with anyone who might have witnessed the shooting which took place between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. on I-225 between Mississippi and Iliff.
Investigators also want to speak with anyone whose vehicle might have been damaged by gunfire during the incident.
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