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Police officer released from hospital after pursuit near Denver airport

A police pursuit and shooting on Saturday ended in a crash near DIA leaving an officer injured, one person arrested and another dead, police said.

DENVER — The Aurora Police Department (APD) said the officer who was injured in a crash near DIA after a police pursuit on Saturday was being released from the hospital. 

One person was killed and another was arrested in the police chase that ended in a crash near Denver International Airport, the police said.

The officer left the hospital Sunday morning and is resting at home, according to APD.

Denver Police Department (DPD) said it started as a robbery at a 7-Eleven located at Sable Blvd. & Colfax Ave. in Aurora at around 2 a.m. A black SUV reported to be at the scene of the robbery was located later by Aurora police officers at around 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of Colfax Ave. and Chambers. 

"They attempted to make contact with those individuals in that vehicle. At that time, the vehicle fled," said Ron Thomas, DPD's chief of police. "Aurora officers began to pursue that vehicle for several miles, ultimately coming into Denver near DIA.”

Aurora Police then pursued and disabled the suspect vehicle using a PIT maneuver. The pursuit ended in a crash near East 75th Avenue & Gun Club Road and the two male suspects then fled. The driver of the vehicle was reported to be armed with a long gun and to have threatened police officers with it. 

Credit: KUSA

According to DPD, three Aurora officers fired their weapons, striking him "multiple times". It is unclear if the suspect had fired his weapon or not. The driver was declared dead at the scene. 

"The suspect went down. Officers immediately called for medical assistance and began rendering aid," said Thomas. 

The three officers who fired their weapons are on paid administrative leave per department protocols.

The other passenger in the vehicle that fled on foot was caught and taken into custody by APD. 

APD said Sunday the passenger in the vehicle was interviewed and released from custody.

DPD also said that an an Aurora police officer suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. 

"That officer is in good condition, just suffering minor injuries as a result of the crash," said Thomas. 

Thomas said there were eight Aurora officers on scene at the "time of force." There were no Denver officers there at that time. 

“Because the incident occurred in Denver, we have undergone our Denver Officer Involved Shooting Protocol which involves a joint investigation with Denver investigators as well as those from State Patrol and CBI," he said. "The results of that investigation will be presented to the Denver District Attorney for their review.”

Credit: KUSA


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