Police Officer Hurt In Fatal Aurora Hostage Situation

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A man is dead and a woman and an Aurora police officer are in the hospital after a hostage situation in Aurora.

The incident happened late Monday night in the 14200 block of East 1st Drive.

Police said they believe the man was holding a woman and another person hostage inside a car outside a motel and at one point took them to an apartment complex nearby.

Officers approached vehicle near the apartments when they heard a gunshot. They say additional shots were then fired.

Police say the officer and the woman hurt were shot but will recover from their injuries.

The Aurora Police Department said officers did everything right.

“What the officers did was brave. They performed a hostage rescue and that’s one of the most difficult things to do in our line of work. They knew what they were going up against. They decided to go forward and try to rescue these two hostages,” said Aurora Police Det. Bob Friel.

The identity of the person who died so far has not been released.

Anyone with helpful information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Craig Appel at (303)739-6207.

  • In the loop

    Deceased was Daniel Garcia, DOB 7-11-85, had a felony warrant for escape from Community Corrections program. Interesting how it all played out and how poorly handled it appeared to be from hearing it over the scanner. Looks like SWAT initially converged on the wrong vehicle, blowing the element of surprise and leading to the officer shooting. Amazing the amount of resources sent to this situation ( putting the city on accident alert, not airing any other calls) and still seemingly botching it.

    • Chris

      Did it maybe enter your mind that the information was withheld from news organizations for a reason. Usually the authorities like to notify the next of kin, not have it blasted out via the media. In the event that it does turnout that this shooting was justified to protect the life of the officer or a 3rd party. Then it is the suspect who did something wrong not his family, and his mother shouldn’t have to potentially find out about her sons death whilst reading the news.

    • Mean People Stink

      No one botches a hostage situation on purpose. Suppose “In the loop” would have done everything perfectly, since he had all the info from the scanner. Thankfully, the right person got the fatal bullet (s).

      • In the loop

        Of course he got the fatal bullets. You think he was going to be let to live after shooting a cop? Im my saying I could’ve handled it perfectly, but as many times as they aired the make and model of the vehicle; I could’ve went to the right one. They even pointed the taser light on the car next to it and telling the officers again which vehicle to go to.

  • Kelly

    We used to live in that neighborhood, it had been going down hill for the past few years. We are so glad that we moved from Cherry Grove apartments. I hope the cop and the girl will be all right soon.

  • In the loop

    Next of kin was on the scene, it’s being withheld for another reason.

  • concerned

    just another sad day in aurora

    • moving out

      as are all days in aurora

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