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Off-duty state corrections officer arrested in Aurora killing

Posted at 2:22 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 16:43:48-04

AURORA, Colo. – An off-duty Colorado Department of Corrections officer was arrested in the fatal shooting of a man in Aurora on Thursday night, police said.

Scott Matthews Jr., 26, faces a charge of second-degree murder.

Officers had responded about 10:30 p.m. to the Greensview Apartment Complex in the 16000 block of East Alameda Place, where they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. The man was taken to a hospital, where he died, police said. The victim's name hasn't been released yet.

Detectives interviewed Matthews Jr., who works as a state corrections officer but was off duty at the time, and took him to the Aurora jail.

Investigators were still interviewing witnesses on Friday. Police said there were no other suspects in the case.

Matthews Jr. started working for the Department of Corrections in October 2015 and was working as a corrections officer at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility, the agency said. He has been suspended without pay.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Aurora police at 303-739-6127. Tipsters can be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 if they contact Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).