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according to news 4 website an on duty aurora officer was shot and killed at the intersection of montview and peoria shortly after noon tuesday. the officer was not in uniform and not in a patrol car. bystanders wrestled the suspect to the ground until help arrived.
 

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AURORA, Colo. -- A plain-clothes officer was gunned downed and killed in broad daylight in the middle of an Aurora intersection Wednesday afternoon.

Police have a suspect in custody but have not disclosed any more details.

The name of the officer and the suspect have not been released. Aurora police are planning to hold a press conference at 5 p.m.

The officer was in plain-clothes but was technically on-duty. The officer was in his own personal vehicle when a gunman walked up to him and shot him point blank in the head.

The shooting occurred at Peoria Street and Montview just before 1 p.m. About 50 police vehicles have converged in the area and Peoria is closed from East 23rd Avenue to East 17th Avenue.

It appears that four cars were somehow involved in the shooting. Police officers have deliberately obscured the cars' license plates with paper bags and cardboard taped to the front and ends. Two of the other vehicles have broken windshields.

A blue older-model car, believed to be the officer's, and a red two-door Toyota just to its left were in two northbound lanes on Peoria. A white van and a blue Cadillac were facing south in Peoria.

Police rounded up what appeared to be several potential witnesses and took them away from the scene, and others in the area said they were told by officers not to speak with reporters about what they saw.

The scene is across the street from North Middle School, which officials say is not on lockdown because a suspect is in custody, school officials said.

Police refresh this page for more information and watch 7NEWS at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. for more information.

I pulled this off the Denverchannel.com.

Very sad day for law enforcement, God speed sir.
 

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I just happened to be driving by and seen what looked like all of the Fitzsimmons officers on scene and traffic was being detoured west on Montview. Didn't know at the time what had happened but figured it was something bad.

God bless the officer and his family.
 

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Scan-Denver said:
I just happened to be driving by and seen what looked like all of the Fitzsimmons officers on scene and traffic was being detoured west on Montview. Didn't know at the time what had happened but figured it was something bad.

God bless the officer and his family.
DPD Air 1 now over the scene communicating with AFD Engine-3 on FERN.

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9News just aired Aurora Police Department will hold a press conference at 6 p.m. 9NEWS.com will live stream that event.
 
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Just think, if the suspect gets convicted, all he'll do is lay on a table and go to sleep. That's not justice.
 

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It's better than the tax dollars keeping him alive the of his life. Or maybe somebody in law enforcement will pop a cap on him and take
him out that will really save the tax payers of Colorado money.
 

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red8 said:
Or maybe somebody in law enforcement will pop a cap on him and take
him out
Well, that should be easy enough. He's just in a jail, probably in segregation, monitored with cameras, but I'm sure no one would notice if a LEO just walked up to him and shot him.
 

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The puke who shot Officer Deborah Corr in Aurora in 1981 killed himself about a day after being in the Adams Co jail.

He had given himself up to the SWAT team in an apartment on East 14th almost across from the old south gate at Fitz. How ironic that today's killing was on the W side of Fitz.
 

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cstockmyer said:
Just think, if the suspect gets convicted, all he'll do is lay on a table and go to sleep. That's not justice.
Yep...just like that Raul Garcia guy. Sad, isn't it!! God Bless his family!!
 

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Yep...just like that Raul Garcia guy. Sad, isn't it!! God Bless his family!!
Um..Garcia won't face the death penalty. The only way Mexico would give him to DPD was if the DA agreed that he would not face the death penalty. All he is facing is a Jail term, in theory he will get out of jail one day....

They said on the news the suspect is going to court for the first time today. It will be interesting weather this was a random act or he knew the Det was Law Enforcement. Has anyone heard when the service will be?
 

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Det. Michael Thomas was a 24-year veteran of the department and had been given the Medal of Honor. September 20, 2006.

The man accused of shooting and killing a veteran police officer appeared in court Thursday afternoon for an advisement hearing.

Brian Allen Washington, 27, is being held in suspicion of first degree murder after police say he shot and killed Det. Michael D. Thomas Wednesday around noon.

Thomas was shot while stopped at a stoplight at Peoria Street and Montview Boulevard. He was driving his personal car from one training center to another.

He was pronounced dead about a half hour later at the hospital.

Washington was not granted a bond at Thursday's advisement. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Monday.

Authorities have asked the media not to show a picture that identifies Washington as they continue to investigate other cases.

While in court Washington did not speak much and only responded to the judge's questions with "Yes," and "Yes, your honor."

The judge has sealed all the documents in the case but has not issued a gag order.
Another police officer, two Department of Corrections officers and several citizens who were passing by helped apprehend Washington on Wednesday.

Washington was subdued after a struggle. The 27-year-old was taken into custody by police and a handgun was recovered.

Washington has an extensive criminal history and Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates said he was wanted by the Denver Police Department for another shooting on September 18.


Police say Washington shot at a woman in her car at 33rd Avenue and Pontiac Street. The woman was not injured.

After being arrested Wednesday, police booked Washington on a first degree murder charge and is currently being held without bond.

Aurora Police urge any witnesses to call 303-739-6106.

Thomas worked in the K-9 and narcotics divisions with the Aurora Police Department before becoming a detective in 2005. He was given more than a dozen awards by the department and was given the department's Medal of Honor in 1992.
 

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cstockmyer said:
Um..Garcia won't face the death penalty. The only way Mexico would give him to DPD was if the DA agreed that he would not face the death penalty. All he is facing is a Jail term, in theory he will get out of jail one day....

Oh, ok! My bad!! That's still pretty messed up. Thank god we live in America!!
 

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Motorcade travelling EB on Iliff from Buckley heading to Heritage Christian Center 9495 E Florida Ave in Denver. I would have to say there are approx 50 cars from Aurora paying their respects. Sorry no pictures, I was heading home from work and detoured to see the procession. I'd say he had a heroes send off. Hope at least a few of you got to see it also.
 

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AURORA, Colo. -- The public is invited to join public service officers in honoring Aurora Detective Mike Thomas during a funeral procession that will take place Tuesday afternoon.

Thomas was gunned down in broad daylight last week in the middle of an Aurora intersection.

A 24-year police veteran, Thomas had served in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. As man as 3,000 uniformed officers, including those from Canada, were expected to be involved in the service.


The funeral service for Thomas at Heritage Christian Center, located at 9495 E. Florida Avenue, was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. More than 1,000 officers were expected to attend.

After the funeral, a police procession will leave the church, going from Florida to Havana, Havana to Hampden, Hampden to Sheridan and Sheridan to Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Englewood police will be shutting down westbound Highway 285 (Hampden Ave) between South Gilpin Street and South Santa Fe Drive during the funeral procession, which is expected to be going through the area between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Only westbound traffic on Highway 285, as well as all northbound and southbound streets that intersect with Highway 285, will be impacted, Englewood police said.

The community is asked to stand along the motorcade route as his casket is moved from the church to the cemetery.

Suggested alternate northbound and southbound routes through Englewood will be South Broadway or South Santa Fe Drive. Suggested alternate westbound routes will be Belleview Avenue or Dartmouth Avenue. The roadway will reopen as soon as the procession passes.

Suspect Sobs In Court

The suspect in the fatal shooting of an Aurora police detective appeared in court Monday to be formally charged with eight counts.

Brian Washington, 27, was charged first-degree murder of a police officer, first-degree murder, criminal attempt to commit murder in the first degree, criminal attempt to commit assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, menacing, being a felon in possession of a weapon, and crime of violence -- which is a sentence-enhancing charge.

Washington allegedly assaulted a police officer at the scene after the shooting and that spurred the two assault charges. The menacing charge stemmed from a confrontation with a citizen who had tried to help, 7NEWS reported.

Even before the court proceedings began, Washington cried as he spoke to his attorneys. It wasn't exactly clear what he had said. Standing before the court in a blue jail jumpsuit, handcuffs and shackles, he listened as the judge advised him of the charges against him.

Aurora police spent hours Monday meeting with the district attorney's office to talk about the possibility of pursuing the death penalty in the case but District Attorney Don Quick said it was too early to make a decision.

Aurora's police chief, who was in the courtroom for the hearing, called the shooting a brutal and senseless act.

"I've been struck by this notion of there are stages of grief and I've expressed to you in the past, how much we were all hurt. But I want you to know we're angry, we're damn angry about what has happened," said Chief Dan Oates. "The Aurora Police Department stands ready to assist the district attorney's office in any way in this case and we will do anything we can to honor Mike Thomas by building the best possible case."

The suspect's alleged attack on Detective Mike Thomas was apparently random. Police have not yet revealed a motive for the shooting and the judge ruled that all documents -- including the arrest affidavit and search warrant -- remain sealed to allow detectives time to finish their investigation.

Washington waived a preliminary hearing on the advice of his attorney, and isn't expected in court until Dec. 7. He is being held without bond.

A hearing has been scheduled for next Monday to discuss unsealing certain documents that could reveal more details in the shooting.
 

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It's a shame the race card has been thrown in this. But you do have to admit if it was the other way around all the talking heads would be in town crying foul.
 
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