AURORA | Aurora police Chief Nick Metz is set to release more details today about a suspected car thief shot and injured by an officer Saturday in Aurora.
Metz will hold a press conference at 5 p.m., police said in a statement Monday afternoon.
The shooting happened around 3 p.m. Saturday near East Colfax Avenue and Sable Boulevard.
Police said officers from the department’s Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team, Strategic Response and Tactics Unit and Colorado Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force were surveilling a man wanted for aggravated motor vehicle theft in Denver. The officers believed the man was armed and dangerous, police said.
When officers tried to arrest the suspect, he fled in a vehicle. The vehicle ended up in a ditch, police said, and at some point an officer shot him.
“The officers rendered aid to the suspect, who was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries,” police said in a statement.
In addition to the car theft charge, police said the man will face further charges, but did not specify what those would be.
The suspect’s name has not been released.
A juvenile female passenger in the vehicle was unharmed, police said.
As per department policy when officers fire their weapon while on duty, the officer, whose name also was not released, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, police said.
The department’s Major Crimes/Homicide Unit in conjunction with Denver police are handling the investigation.
Police are asking anyone who might have witnessed this incident to call Detective Michael Prince 303-739-6127.
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