A 73-year-old Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient in Aurora, Colorado, used his firearm to defend his family and home from an unwelcome and violent intruder in the early hours of Monday morning.
Unfortunately, the police who had arrived on scene around the time of the gunfire mistakenly thought the older veteran was the intruder and shot him in his own home. He later was pronounced dead in a hospital.
According to CNN, the intruder was identified as 26-year-old Dajon Harper, who had left a party at a house across the street and forced his way into the home of 73-year-old homeowner Richard Black and began to violently assault the man’s 11-year-old grandson in a bathroom.
Black’s wife called police as other party-goers attempted to convince Harper to leave the Black’s residence, but Black armed himself with a gun and flashlight and set out to rescue his grandson from further harm.
Police arrived to the sounds of yelling and then gunfire from inside the home. They then noticed Black holding the gun and flashlight and, after he didn’t respond to orders to drop the weapon, one officer opened fire on the elderly homeowner.
“(Officers) were confronted by a very, very violent and complex situation, and within two minutes, if that, had to make some very, very critical decisions,” explained Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz during a Thursday news conference.
The unnamed officer who fired the fatal shots, a veteran himself, had been with the force for three years and had no internal complaints filed against him, though he reportedly had been involved in a separate fatal shooting on June 27 and just returned to duty a few weeks after that incident.
The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, which will fully review all 911 calls and body camera footage from the responding officers.
“He’s incredibly heartbroken over this situation,” Chief Metz said of the officer who fired the shots. “He being a veteran himself, and finding out what Mr. Black had done to save his family … has been devastating to him.”
“This incident was not only tragic, but incredibly heartbreaking for the involved family, the community, and our department,” said the Aurora Police Department in a statement posted to their Facebook page.
This incident has all the appearances of a tragic case of mistaken identity that may very well have been prevented through better communication and patience on the part of the police.
Our hearts go out to all who were involved and we pray for their comfort and peace of mind as they work through the grieving process.
Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from New Caney Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the good job!
Thanks for your personal marvelous posting! I truly enjoyed reading it, you could be a great author.I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and may come back very soon. I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great writing, have a nice afternoon!
You have remarked very interesting details! ps nice site.
Hey would you mind letting me know which web host you’re using? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different internet browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you recommend a good internet hosting provider at a reasonable price? Cheers, I appreciate it!
Address: 165 2nd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215 | Products and Services: francobelli.com | Phone: +17189654976 | Plus Code: 293+XW Brooklyn, New York | Highly reliable Brooklyn Plumber in NYC. We provide plumbing, heating, and sprinkler repair services.
Thank you, I have recently been searching for info about this topic for a long time and yours is the best I have found out so far. However, what about the bottom line? Are you sure about the source?
Generally I do not learn post on blogs, however I would like to say that this write-up very compelled me to check out and do so! Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thank you, quite nice post.
Great I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your website. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs and related info ended up being truly simple to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. Reasonably unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or anything, site theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Excellent task..
I used to be suggested this website by my cousin. I am not certain whether or not this put up is written via him as no one else realize such distinct approximately my trouble. You’re wonderful! Thank you!
I like what you guys are up too. Such clever work and reporting! Carry on the excellent works guys Ive incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it will improve the value of my site 🙂
Its actually a cool and helpful piece of information. Im glad that you shared this useful info with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.
It’s very trouble-free to find out any topic on net as compared to books, as I found this piece of writing at this web page.
Thanks , I have recently been looking for info approximately this topic for a long time and yours is the best I’ve found out till now. But, what in regards to the bottom line? Are you positive concerning the supply?
Heya im for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It truly helpful & it helped me out much. I’m hoping to provide one thing back and aid others like you aided me.
I think other web site proprietors should take this web site as an model, very clean and excellent user genial style and design, let alone the content. You are an expert in this topic!
Hello, Neat post. There is an issue together with your website in internet explorer, might check this IE still is the marketplace leader and a huge component of other folks will omit your great writing due to this problem.
An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you need to write more on this matter, it might not be a taboo subject however typically persons are not sufficient to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers
Hello.This article was really remarkable, particularly since I was browsing for thoughts on this subject last Wednesday.
Cool blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog shine. Please let me know where you got your design. Thanks a lot
Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any points for beginner blog writers? I’d really appreciate it.
Have you ever thought about including a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is important and all. Nevertheless imagine if you added some great photos or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and video clips, this website could certainly be one of the most beneficial in its niche. Terrific blog!