Aurora police fire shots during barricade following family disturbance

An Aurora police officer fired shots inside a residence during a family disturbance Sunday.

Aurora police responded to a family disturbance at 2250 Billings Street on Sunday around 5 p.m. Police had also been in the area a few hours earlier when they had heard shots were fired.

The second time police were in the location, they said they learned a 21-year-old man was inside a residence having a mental health crisis and possibly under the influence of a unknown substance. At this point, police say they knew the man had access to a firearm and was threatening to shoot people. Police also say that they heard that the same man was possibly connected to the earlier shooting reports around this time.

A SWAT Team was called to the scene and gave commands to the suspect to surrender, which police say he failed to do.

An officer was able to make contact with another resident who had barricaded himself with another person in the basement to protect themselves from the suspect, according to police.

Around 7:55 p.m., officers learned that the suspect was attempting to force his way into the basement where the two people were hiding from him, police say.

According to Aurora police, they decided to enter the residence, fearing for the safety of the two people in the basement. Once in the residence, shots were fired by an APD SWAT Officer, police said.

Nobody was injured, and the person was taken into custody, according to a press release from the Aurora Police Department.

APD says that the man was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The shooting is under investigation by the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) for the 17th Judicial District.

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