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Aurora Officer-Involved Shooting Timeline

The Aurora Police Department on Monday released the following timeline of events related to the officer-involved fatal shooting of suspect Naeschylus Vinzant:

  • On March 6th the Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team (FAAST) was contacted by the Colorado Department of Corrections Fugitive Unit stating they needed assistance with the surveillance of a 37 year old African American male named Naeschylus Vinzant (DOB: 07/23/1977).
  • Mr. Vinzant was wanted by the Department of Corrections for cutting off his GPS ankle monitor. It was also determined that the subject was wanted by Aurora Police Detectives for assault, robbery, kidnapping, and domestic violence charges.
  • Due to Mr. Vinzant's past violent history, the FAST Team requested the assistance of the Aurora SWAT Team to take him into custody.
  • Through a variety of surveillance techniques, Mr. Vinzant was located walking in the 1300 Block of North Laredo Street.
  • Members of the SWAT Team attempted to take Mr. Vinzant into custody, at which time one shot was fired and Mr Vinzant was struck once in the chest. On scene SWAT paramedics immediately began life-saving efforts. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injury.
  • No weapon was located on Mr. Vinzant or at the scene.
  • The scene was immediately secured and Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit responded to the location of the shooting as did Chief of Police Metz and Deputy Chief Jones.
  • Major Crimes Unit Detectives worked throughout the weekend and continue to investigate the incident. We have been working closely with the District Attorney's Office for the 18th Judicial District from the beginning and continue to do so.
  • Members from the department's Victim Services Unit also reached out to the family of Mr. Vinzant to provide whatever assistance they could.
  • Due to a conflict related to another case, the District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District has asked the District Attorney for the 1st Judicial District to review and make recommendation as about the case once the investigation has been completed by the Major Crimes Unit.
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