Deputy shot in Aurora

Wounds con­sid­ered “life- threat­en­ing”; one sus­pect caught

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kieran Ni­chol­son Kieran Ni­chol­son: 303- 954- 1822, kni­chol­son@den­ver­post.com or @ kier­an­ni­chol­son

aurora » An off- duty Jef­fer­son County deputy was taken to a hos­pi­tal Tues­day night with life- threat­en­ing gun­shot wounds af­ter a shoot­ing in south­east Aurora.

Aurora po­lice said they be­lieve the deputy was shot dur­ing an at­tempted rob­bery at 17396 E. Adri­atic Drive.

Sgt. Chris Am­sler, Aurora po­lice spokesman, said the deputy, dressed in civil­ian clothes, was ap­proached by two men who had their guns drawn.

Shots were ex­changed, and the deputy was shot mul­ti­ple times in the chest and ab­domen. The deputy wounded one of the two sus­pects in the leg.

The sus­pects ran away. The wounded sus­pect, a 16- year- old, was ar­rested nearby. The se­cond sus­pect was seen hop­ping a fence and run­ning east.

Wit­nesses said that the deputy was vis­it­ing his girl­friend in the neigh­bor­hood at a large, two- story apart­ment com­plex not far from the in­ter­sec­tion of South Buck­ley Road and East Iliff Av­enue.

Po­lice have launched a man­hunt for the re­main­ing sus­pect, Am­sler said, with all Aurora dis­tricts in­volved.

Den­ver po­lice and Ara­pa­hoe and Jef­fer­son county deputies were as­sist­ing in the search with ca­nine units and the Den­ver po­lice he­li­copter.

The search in­cluded the area near Rangeview High School and Mrachek Middle School, as well as sev­eral green­belts.

The high school, where a bas­ket­ball game was be­ing played, was tem­po­rar­ily on lock­down.

The 16- year- old’s in­juries are not life- threat­en­ing, po­lice said.

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