Aurora Police: Officer shot armed suspect while searching for man wanted on domestic violence charges

Police vehicles on Fairplay Street in Aurora following an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday, Sept. 5, in Aurora. (Esteban L. Hernandez/Denverite)

Police vehicles on Fairplay Street in Aurora following an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday, Sept. 5, in Aurora. (Esteban L. Hernandez/Denverite)

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Aurora police are investigating an incident Wednesday in which an officer shot a suspect near the 2200 block of Fairplay Street leaving the unidentified man hospitalized with injuries.

Officer Kenneth Forrest said a SWAT team first responded to the scene at about 5:15 p.m on Wednesday. They were searching for a man Forrest said was wanted on domestic violence charges.

After arriving, Forrest said the SWAT team made contact with the suspect. The suspect was armed, prompting an officer to fire their service firearm. Forrest said the suspect was struck, but he wouldn’t say where he was shot. Aid was immediately rendered by a SWAT medic, Forrest added. The man’s condition wasn’t immediately available.

Forrest said they were still investigating if the suspect was a resident of the property at 2200 Fairplay Street. He said all information provided Wednesday was preliminary.

No officers were injured in the incident, he added. Forrest said the officer involved in the shooting has been reassigned.

Forrest said Wednesday they would not be releasing what kind of weapon the suspect had or if the suspect discharged his weapon.

Denver police officers were at the scene on Wednesday assisting with the investigation. Forrest said the Aurora police department’s Major Crimes Unit is handling the investigation along with the Denver Police Department.

Wednesday’s shooting is the Aurora Police Department’s eighth officer-involved shooting this year, according to the Denver Post.

Forrest said anyone with information related to the incident should call Det. Nick Huber 303-739-6090.