Colorado Crimes: Suspect in officer-involved shooting didn't shoot himself

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A blog yesterday shared information about an officer-involved shooting near the intersection of E. 19th Avenue and Clinton Street in Aurora, captured in the street view above (click "View Larger Map" if you have any trouble seeing the image). Moments ago, the Aurora Police Department provided an update on the situation. While the 18-year-old suspect still isn't being identified, the department is now confident that none of his wounds were self-inflicted, as was originally thought possible. Click "Continue" to see the latest details.

Aurora Police Department press release:

DATE: May 12, 2009

NATURE: Man Shoots at Officers Which Leads to Officer Involved Shooting

Aurora, Colorado -- Aurora Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding an 18-year-old that shot at officers on the evening of May 9, 2009.

The suspect, who is not being identified at this time, is currently under investigation by the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit for Attempt First Degree Murder (on a Peace Officer).

Additional investigation has determined that the suspect did not shoot himself during the incident that took place near the intersection of Clinton Street and E. 19th Avenue. The best available evidence at this time indicates that the suspect was struck multiple times by the officer's rounds, including the wound to the suspect's head.

Information Previously Released on 5/10/2009 at 2:40 a.m.

On May 9, 2009, shortly before 9:30 p.m., two Aurora Police Officers responded to a report of a suspicious occurrence in the 9300 block of E. 19th Avenue.

The resident who made the 911 call reported that he had found someone inside his van which was parked near his home.

The two officers assigned to investigate this incident located a man walking eastbound on E. 19th Avenue near Clinton Street. The man, who appeared to be in his 20's, was similar in description to the suspect who was connected to the suspicious occurrence.

As the officers attempted to contact him he began shooting at the officers. An officer returned fire, shooting the suspect, striking him multiple times. The suspect was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

No officers were injured. The suspect's condition is not known at this time. He has not been identified by Police.

Although it was initially believed by Police that the suspect shot himself, further investigation has raised questions as to this fact. At this time detectives are attempting to determine whether the suspect did in fact shoot himself.

Additional officers responded to the scene to provide assistance and secure the area. Major Crimes Unit/Homicide detectives -- assisted by the Crime Scene Investigation Unit -- responded to lead the investigation.

This evening, officers and detectives are in the process of interviewing witnesses and officers, collecting evidence, and canvassing the neighborhood for possible additional witnesses.

The results of this investigation will be presented to the Adams County District Attorney's Office.

Anyone with information about this investigation is requested to contact the Aurora Police Department at (303) 627-3100 or MCU Detective Mark Yacano at 303-739-6090.

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