September 23, 2023

Austen Erblat | KCNC by way of CNN

A person who pulled a gun on an alleged thief was shot and killed by an Aurora police officer who responded to the preliminary confrontation, police mentioned in an replace. The alleged thief was later arrested and given a court docket summons.

It began round 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at a bus cease close to East Colfax Avenue and Havana Avenue. In an announcement, the Aurora Police Division mentioned officers have been monitoring surveillance cameras of the world, noticed a confrontation between two males and responded to the scene.

The confrontation was an obvious theft of a backpack, the division mentioned. The alleged thief, later recognized as 32-year-old Dominque Harris, took one other man’s backpack. The now-deceased man has not but been recognized, however police say he drew a gun on Harris. When officers arrived to the world, they noticed the armed man and Aurora Police Officer Caleb Parrella shot the person, the division mentioned.

He was taken to the hospital and later died of his accidents. The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Workplace will establish the person after his subsequent of kin has been notified and carry out an post-mortem.

Parrella, who’s been with Aurora police for 4 years, and one other officer who responded however didn’t hearth their weapon have been each positioned on paid administrative go away, per division coverage.

Now the taking pictures is beneath investigation by the 18th Judicial Important Incident Response Crew and the division’s Inside Affairs Bureau. The division’s main crime murder unit can be investigating the dispute between the 2 males.

Aurora Police Chief Artwork Acevedo mentioned in a information convention the morning of the taking pictures that officers issued instructions on the man. From his preliminary telling of occasions, the taking pictures unfolded “in a matter of seconds” from the time officers arrived on the scene. He mentioned he didn’t imagine the person shot at officers however was undecided if he fired on the alleged thief earlier than officers arrived.

“The officer began yelling some instructions to the person and in some unspecified time in the future, there’s a discharge of the firearm,” Acevedo mentioned.

CBS Information Colorado despatched inquiries to the division Sunday however didn’t instantly obtain a response.

Acevedo additionally mentioned that your entire taking pictures was captured on video. CBS Information Colorado additionally requested that footage and the request is pending.

Parrella, the officer who shot the person, was named in a separate federal lawsuit final week for an arrest in 2021 the place the plaintiff, Antonio Johnson, accused Parrella and Officer Brendan Daves of extreme drive when Parrella tased him and the 2 pulled him out of his automotive when his palms have been up. Throughout that site visitors cease, Johnson mentioned he didn’t need the officers to harm him.