Aurora police officer shoots man in leg during domestic violence call

An Aurora police officer shot an apparently unarmed man in the leg during a physical altercation on New Year’s Eve, according to Aurora police.

The officer, who has not been identified, was responding with other officers to a call for a domestic violence incident at a home in the 1200 block of North Chambers Road, police said in a news release.

There were multiple people at the home and some were “uncooperative” with the domestic violence investigation, the release said. Officers eventually decided to arrest a 38-year-old man on domestic violence charges of harassment and criminal mischief, police said.

But when they attempted to arrest the man, another man interfered, Sgt. Faith Goodrich said Sunday. There was some sort of physical altercation between the second man and police officers, Goodrich said, though she was not sure the “severity” of the altercation.

That altercation inside the home ended with one police officer shooting the second man in the lower leg. Goodrich said there is no evidence the man was armed.

The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive. He has not yet been charged with any crimes.

An Aurora police officer and the 38-year-old domestic violence suspect were also medically evaluated after the shooting for “minor medical complaints,” the news release said.

The Critical Response Incident Team and the 18th Judicial District are handling the investigation into the police shooting. The officer who fired has been placed on administrative leave, per standard policy.

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