Aurora Police: Man shot and killed by officer had just shot armed intruder inside home

Posted at 5:08 PM, Jul 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-30 19:08:31-04

Aurora Police released a statement Monday afternoon that said an officer shot and killed a resident who appeared to be defending his home from an intruder early Monday morning.

Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz released a statement Monday afternoon detailing the events that happened in the 10600 block of East Montview Boulevard around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Metz said dispatchers received multiple 911 calls about a disturbance in the area of North Iola Street and East Montview Boulevard around that time.

One of those calls was from a woman from the home who said a man was breaking into her house.

Police said they arrived to a "very chaotic and violent scene" and officers heard gunshots fired inside the home. When officers went inside, they found an armed man, causing one officer to shoot. That man, identified as the resident of the home, later died from his injuries at the hospital.

Police said they searched the home, where they found the intruder dead in the bathroom floor, along with a child, who police say was injured by the intruder.

The child suffered serious injuries, but they’re not considered life-threatening.

Aurora Police said their investigation revealed the resident shot and killed the intruder prior to police coming inside the home.

Colorado’s "make my day" law allows homeowners to legally use deadly force against intruders if they believe intruders will commit a crime and put their lives at risk. 

Metz called the situation "heartbreaking" and "tragic" and that the Aurora Police Department is providing assistance to the family of the resident who was killed by the officer. 

The officer who shot the resident of the home has been placed on "administrative reassignment with pay"

Denver Police and the 17th Judicial District will conduct the investigation into the shooting.

The identity of the resident, intruder and officer have not yet been released.