PD: Man killed by cops was aggressive, careless

Posted at 1:54 PM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 22:31:38-04

Aurora police said the man shot and killed by officers early Wednesday morning was aggressive, careless and he put the public in danger with the speeds he was driving. They said when he pointed a gun at officers, they shot him.

"If you point a gun at one of my officers, expect an aggressive and overwhelming response," Aurora Police chief Nick Metz said during a news conference about the shooting Thursday.

Officers said the suspect was first suspected of an armed carjacking at a Wendy's near Chambers Road and Colfax Avenue.

The victim gave police a description of the suspect, the carjacked vehicle and a second vehicle that was involved.

Police said officers followed the carjacked vehicle and when other officers joined him, they tried to stop the driver at Mississippi and Rifle.

"At that point, the suspect rammed one of the officers in his vehicle," police said.

Police said officers initiated a pursuit. Officers said the chase exceeded 80 miles per hour at times.

Police said the suspect drove onto a dead-end road, crashed and was confronted by officers.

Police said when the man raised a gun at officers, they shot him.

Officers said there was a woman in the car. She was not hurt.

Police said the woman told them the man indicated to her that he would shoot it out with police and kill them all.

"After being shot and taken in custody, he still had a gun in his hand," said Metz. 

A second female was detained, but has not been arrested, police said.

All of the officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.


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