AURORA, Colorado- A 73 year-old US Army veteran was mistakenly shot and killed by police after he killed an intruder at his Aurora Colorado home.
Family has identified the homeowner as Richard Black.
Black apparently had shot an intruder in his home, according to information released by Aurora police, then was himself shot by an Aurora officer responding to multiple reports of a disturbance in the area of East Montview Boulevard and North Iola Street. This from a report by 9NEWS.COM.
According to state records, Black held a license as a certified public accountant in Colorado from 1999 to 2008.
A news release said officers “arrived to a very chaotic and violent scene” and heard gunshots inside the home.
The officers later encountered an armed man. One officer fired his weapon, hitting him. It wasn’t until later that investigators discovered the man lived inside the home.
Aurora police have not said whether Black was inside his home or outside it when he was shot.
Property records identify Black and his wife as the owners of the home.
The dead intruder has not been identified according to the 9NEWS.COM report.
The officer who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative reassignment with pay, according to the news release.
The investigation is being handled by the Aurora Police Major Crimes Unit and Denver Police Department.
“This is a very heartbreaking and tragic situation for everyone involved,” the news release from the Aurora Police Department reads. “We are providing assistance through our victim advocates to help the family of the deceased resident through this very difficult time.”