Aurora po­lice of­fi­cer ar­rested in Erie on mul­ti­ple felonies

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kieran Ni­chol­son

An Aurora po­lice of­fi­cer has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mul­ti­ple felonies, in­clud­ing at­tempts to in­flu­ence a pub­lic ser­vant and tam­per­ing with phys­i­cal ev­i­dence.

A war­rant for the ar­rest of Matthew A. Ew­ert, a seven-year vet­eran with Aurora, was is­sued Mon­day in Boul­der County, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Ew­ert, 34, who was ar­rested by Erie po­lice, has been placed on un­paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave, ac­cord­ing to the Aurora Po­lice Depart­ment.

The case cen­ters around a ju­ve­nile, a nephew of Ew­ert’s, who July 1 al­legedly threat­ened an­other ju­ve­nile with a Glock hand­gun loaded with hol­low point bul­lets, ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest af­fi­davit.

Ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, three teenage boys met near Perry Street and Hunt­ley Creek Court in Erie where they planned to smoke ei­ther metham­phetamine or crack co­caine be­neath a bridge. At one point, the gun was cocked and pointed at a vic­tim.

A vic­tim also was hit over the head with a can of Axe body spray and then hit in the nose with the can. The Axe was sprayed into the vic­tim’s face.

As Erie po­lice in­ves­ti­gated the gun and as­sault in­ci­dent, Ew­ert al­legedly be­came in­volved in the case, us­ing his sta­tus as an Aurora po­lice of­fi­cer to ob­tain reports, the af­fi­davit said.

The ju­ve­nile sus­pect told Erie po­lice that the Glock be­longed to his grand­fa­ther.

When Erie po­lice got a search war­rant to seize the gun as ev­i­dence, it was in a safe in Ew­ert’s garage. In­ves­ti­ga­tors were ini­tially look­ing for the gun in an­other safe, but the gun had been moved.

Ew­ert told an Erie in­ves­ti­ga­tor he would al­low them to serve the war­rant and take the gun, but said he was “do­ing this un­der duress.” The gun was seized Fri­day.

Ew­ert told the in­ves­ti­ga­tor that he had re­moved the hol­low­point bul­lets from the gun and placed them in a plas­tic tub with other hol­low-point bul­lets, which were also in the safe.

“The am­mu­ni­tion in his gun safe and the am­mu­ni­tion that was pre­vi­ously in the gun was duty am­mu­ni­tion pro­vided to him by the Aurora Po­lice Depart­ment,” ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Ew­ert’s bond was set at $5,000. He was or­dered not to con­tact the ju­ve­niles in the case — or their fam­i­lies. Aurora po­lice will con­duct a sep­a­rate in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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