Man in body armor dead after exchanging gunfire with Aurora officers.


The Arapahoe County coroner has identified the two men killed during a Tuesday morning shootout involving Aurora Police at a central Aurora home.

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Aurora police responded to a home early Tuesday morning after receiving a report of an armed man who was “acting erratically” in a house.

When officers arrived at the scene, they heard gunfire, according to police. An armed man wearing body armor confronted the officers. Officers and the man exchanged gunfire and the suspect was struck and then found a wounded man inside the home, who later died at a hospital.

the victim was identified later as 58-year-old Dean Craig Heerdt.

The names and ages of the two who died were not released, pending notification of next of kin by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

No Aurora officers were injured in the shootout.

Aurora and Denver’s police are investigating the shootings.

Police are asking anyone who might have witnessed this incident to call Randy Hansen with the Aurora Police Department’s Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6710.

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