AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– A suspect was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon after he fired at Aurora police officers. Those officers returned fire and struck the man.
Officers were responding to a domestic violence call in the 2300 block of South Xanadu Street about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. The caller told dispatch that a man had a gun and had already fired a shot inside the house.
When officers arrived at the home, they were confronted with a man with a gun. Officers attempted to de-escalate the situation but the man did not drop the gun. That’s when the man shot at officers. Officers returned fire.
Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said during a news conference that the man was rushed to the hospital. He underwent surgery and is expected to survive.
There have been 5 officer-involved shootings in the Aurora Police Department in the past few weeks.
No officers were injured in the shooting. The two involved in the shooting are 11 and 19-year veterans of the Aurora Police Department. They have been placed on administrative leave per departmental policy.
#APDAlert Officers responded to a domestic violence call in the 2300 blk of S. Xanadu St. A male suspect shot at officers. Officers are not injured. Officers returned fire & struck suspect who has been transported to hospital. PIO enroute. Updates here. pic.twitter.com/imKQ804ce5
— Aurora Police Dept 🇺🇸 (@AuroraPD) July 20, 2021
“These officers did a fantastic job here today and hopefully they saved a domestic violence victim from losing her life,” said Wilson.
The victim of the initial domestic violence call was unharmed and given support and resources by victim advocates. Those suffering from domestic violence can call 303.627.3100 for assistance.
According to Aurora police, “The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) for the 18th Judicial District responded and will be investigating this officer-involved shooting incident. The CIRT Team for the 18th Judicial District conducts independent, multi-agency investigations into officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths that occur in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Elbert County. As part of Police Chief Vanessa Wilson’s “A New Way” Plan to rebuild trust with the community, the Aurora Police Department joined the CIRT Teams for both the 17th and 18th Judicial Districts in April of this year.”