Update: Jahvell Forrest Busted in Shooting of Aurora Cop Ryan Burns

Update: The Aurora Police Department has announced that Jahvell Forrest, twenty, has been arrested on suspicion of shooting eleven-year-police veteran Ryan Burns on Friday night. And it's not his first time in cuffs. Details below.

See also: Rollin Oliver Pleads Guilty to Second-Degree Murder in Slaying of Officer Celena Hollis

Forrest has not one but two Facebook pages. Here's one portrait....

...and another.... ...and another.... ...and a larger version of the cropped shot above: The pages show that he's a big New England Patriots fan and suggest that he's also a young father.

Not mentioned is his criminal past, synopsized by 7News like so: "In less than two years, Forrest has compiled a four-page adult arrest history in Colorado. His prior arrests include carrying a concealed weapon, receiving stolen property, burglary, theft, harassment, disturbing the peace, trespassing, marijuana possession and driving with a suspected license."

He's currently being held on suspicion of first-degree attempted homicide of a peace officer involving a gun, among a slew of other charges.

Burns is reportedly in good condition after several days in the hospital. Here's a look at Forrest's booking photo, followed by our previous coverage.

Continue for our previous coverage of the Ryan Burns shooting. Original post, 5:23 a.m.: Since Friday night, when Officer Ryan Burns was shot and seriously wounded during a traffic stop, the Aurora Police Department, aided by law-enforcement agencies across the area, have pressed to find the man behind the gun. Now, authorities believe they have him. An arrest has been made, with his identity expected to be revealed later this morning. Photos, video, details and more below. According to the APD, the incident took place at approximately 9:05 p.m. Friday, November 14, on the 1700 block of Fulton Street, an area captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."

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The APD says Burns and another officer spotted a car thought to have been stolen -- and it had been. Cops say it was a "puffer," meaning the owner had left it running to warm it up.

After stopping the vehicle, officers approached. But before they could make contact, the driver fired several shots through the window. Burns was hit, and while the second officer returned fire, the suspect was able to flee the scene.

He didn't get far; the car was found abandoned on the 1900 block of Fulton, just a couple of blocks away. He presumably split on foot from there, prompting Aurora cops, supplemented by personnel from the Denver Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, to set up a large perimeter in the area, but to no avail.

The perimeter was taken down at 1:45 a.m., but the search hardly stopped. Over the course of the next few days, during which Burns was treated for his injuries at a local hospital, the reward for information about the suspect climbed to $35,000 -- well above the standard $2,000 offered through Crime Stoppers.

Then, a break, announced via this tweet from the APD last night:

A key update followed:

7News reports that the bust was made in Adams County -- and the arrestee is said to be known to the Aurora Police Department due to a thus-far-unrevealed previous record.

Burns, by the way, is an eleven-year veteran of the force. He remains hospitalized but is currently said to be in good condition and is expected to recover.

We'll update this post when more information is made available. In the meantime, here's the latest 7News report.

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