AURORA | Six Aurora police officers who shot a suspect after a standoff last spring were justified in using deadly force, prosecutors said Monday.
In a letter to Aurora police Chief Dan Oates, Adams County district attorney Don Quick said the officers who shot and killed 20-year-old Aaron Williams on March 18 used appropriate force.
Williams, who had a warrant out for his arrest, shot at one officer March 17 before fleeing and taking a family hostage inside a home in the 1500 block of Emporia Street, according to the letter.
During an eight-hour standoff with police, Williams made several comments about “shooting it out” with officers rather than being arrested. The next morning, he jumped from a window and pointed a pistol at officers, who shot him nine times.
Quick said officers Brad Graham, Wilbur Hinton, Dave Krieger, Matthew Milligan, Jeremy Sexton and Jack Valentine acted appropriately when they shot Williams. A seventh officer, Chris Neiman, was also justified when he fired non-lethal shots, Quick said.
“Officers could reasonably believe that it was necessary to shoot at Williams to defend themselves, other police officers or residents of the apartment complex,” Quick wrote.