An Army veteran who fired on an intruder in his Colorado home was fatally shot by a police officer responding to the scene, authorities said. They say they received a 911 call saying someone was breaking into a home.
The officers later encountered an armed man, according to the news release. "In order to conduct a comprehensive investigation, we continue to methodically collect evidence, interview witnesses, and review all available recordings, to include the body-worn cameras of all involved officers", the APD said in a statement Tuesday night.
Then they found an intruder dead on the man's bathroom floor, and determined that he had been killed by the homeowner. He is suspected of causing "serious, but non-life-threatening injuries" to a child in the home before Black shot him, officials said.
While inside, the officer saw the armed resident, who the officer then fatally shot.
Police say they arrived at the Aurora, CO, home around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning on reports that a man had broken inside.
"It's very heartbreaking and tragic situation for all participants, - said in his statement, the chief of police of Aurora's Nick Metz (Nick Metz). We are providing assistance through our victim advocates to help the family of the deceased resident through this very hard time", Metz said.
Police have not yet released the identity of either the homeowner or the intruder.
Neighbors told the paper that the deceased homeowner was a longtime resident, grandfather, and retired family man who often worked on his front gardens. Because this incident occurred within Adams County, the facts of the investigation will be presented to the Office of the District Attorney for a determination of whether criminal charges should be filed against any involved person.
This is the second deadly officer-involved shooting in recent days by Aurora police.