Police Officer Fatally Shoots Homeowner Who Had Killed Burglar Moments Before
AURORA, CO — August 2, 2018
Officers responded to a call on Monday from a woman who said a man was breaking into her house.
Described by police as a "very chaotic and violent scene," officers heard gunshots fired from inside the home before encountering an armed man.
The man was shot and taken to the hospital where he later died of his injuries.
Upon further investigation, Aurora police learned the armed man lived at the house and had just shot and killed an intruder before encountering officers.
"This is a very heartbreaking and tragic situation for everyone involved," Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz said in a statement. "We are providing assistance through our victim advocates to help the family of the deceased resident through this very difficult time."
An injured burglar was found in the bathroom. He was taken to the hospital, where he died of his injuries.
The officer involved has been placed on administrative reassignment with pay, said the department, which is working jointly with the Denver Police Department on an investigation.
Neighbors say the homeowner was a retired grandfather who was known for tending to his garden.
"Just devastating," one neighbor said. "He was our neighbor. My dad knows him. He is very friendly, you know? Every time we've seen him, he'd wave."