Aurora police fatally shoot homicide suspect after hours-long standoff

After hours of negotiation attempts, a standoff between a homicide suspect and Aurora police ended early Tuesday morning after the man emerged from the home with a rifle and was shot and killed by police, authorities said.

Aurora police did not identify the man killed by officers, but said he was a 27-year-old fugitive with a warrant out for his arrest in relation to a homicide that occurred July 6 in Roswell, Georgia.

The man, according to police, barricaded himself in a home at 438 North Oswego St. Monday afternoon. Residents in the neighborhood were sent reverse 911 calls and told to stay inside as police attempted to negotiate with the suspect.

When officers arrived at the home around 12:45 p.m. and confirmed the wanted homicide suspect was inside, SWAT was dispatched to the scene.

The suspect’s acquaintances were able to leave the house, but police said the suspect himself refused to do so.

After advising nearby residents to stay away from their windows, police said negotiators were able to get on the phone with the suspect, Aurora police tweeted at 6:57 p.m.

The Aurora Police Department Crisis Negotiations Team over the course of several hours tried to convince the man to exit the house.

Police said that around 9:45 p.m., gunshots rang out from inside the house, though rather than returning fire, they “continued to try and communicate with the suspect.” Police said the man was uncooperative and fired more rounds as the night progressed.

Finally, at around 2:18 a.m., police said the suspect left his home, armed with a rifle. According to a news release, an Aurora police officer and an Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputy shot the man.

Despite being treated by Aurora Fire Rescue and transported to a hospital, police said the man “did not survive his wounds.”

Footage from body cams on the officers who killed the man will be used in the investigation, which is currently ongoing, police said.

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