Barricaded armed suspect calls for large Aurora Police response 03/06/19

Aurora Police arrest a man who barricade himself today on South Ouray St. Exclusive photo by Shane Anthony

03/06/19 Aurora, CO – A man who police say was armed and was wanted on  felony warrants barricaded himself in a house located in the 900 block of S. Ouray Street for the entire day today.  The incident took place near the intersection of E. Kentucky Ave. and S. Buckley Road.  Neighbors state that the police descended on the house around 9AM this morning.  Aurora Police pulled out all of the tactical stops on this one leaving nothing to chance.  A large mobile command vehicle was parked at the scene.  An armored police tactical vehicle could be seen in front of the house in which the suspect was barricaded.  This reporter noted dozens of cops of every type scurrying around the house in question.  Aurora Fire Rescue had a large presence on the scene as well with several fire trucks, ambulances and supervisors staged in close proximity to the suspect house.  I also noticed where a vehicle had driven into a wooden fence bordering the house on the  Buckley Road side of the residence.  Neighbors were amazed at the extremely heavy police turn out.  One neighbor told me he heard “popping sounds” and saw smoke coming from the house at one point.  Police tell us that was likely tear gas being introduced to the house.  Area residents were instructed in an APD Tweet to “shelter in place” for the majority of the day.

A barricade suspect speaks with Aurora cops after being taken into custody on South Ouray Street. Exclusive photo by Shane Anthony

Around 5PM police escorted a man out of the house in obvious custody.  That suspect, who Aurora police identify as 32 year old Travis John Fancher was walked to a crowd of officers and was then garbed in a white paper smock and paper booties.  Fancher was then escorted to an awaiting police car and taken to jail.  Aurora Police stated in another Tweet after the arrest that Fancher was arrested on warrants for “dangerous drugs and vehicular eluding”.  They further stated that he would face additional charges in regards to today’s standoff.  No injuries occurred to the Public or officers during today’s ordeal.  Hats off to APD and AFD for bringing this situation to a safe conclusion today.  Shane Anthony reporting for

Below is a slideshow of today’s dramatic standoff and arrest scene.  Exclusive photos by Shane Anthony

Cops swarm on Aurora attempted murder suspect near Monaco and Evans 09/06/17

Police cars at a dramatic arrest scene today. Exclusive photo by Shane Anthony

09/06/17 Denver, CO – At least two dozen heavily armed police officers descended upon an attempted homicide suspect this afternoon around 4PM near the intersection of South Monaco Street and East Evans Ave.  The arrest was made by teams of multiple police agencies including Aurora PD, Denver PD District 3 and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.  The suspect is identified by Aurora Police on their public information blog as 34 year old Michael Christopher Taylor.  He was wanted by Aurora Police for attempted first-degree murder in connection with a shooting yesterday that left one man critically injured.  The shooting took place yesterday Tuesday September 5th, 2017 at approximately 2:40 P.M.  Aurora Police Officers were dispatched to Shaus Motorsport located at 15551 E. 6th Ave on a report of a shooting and found a man suffering gravely from an apparent gunshot wound.

Broken car windows rest on the asphalt near a blue sedan outside of a Starbucks and Chase bank. Exclusive photo by Shane Anthony

Today’s dramatic daylight arrest took place around 4PM just South and West of Monaco and Evans near a Chase bank and a Starbucks in the parking lot of a former Walmart.  When this reporter arrived on the scene I observed  at least 2 dozen cops including FBI agents standing guard around a blue sedan with both the driver and passenger windows obviously smashed out, glass scattered on the asphalt parking lot.  I was asked by a supervising Aurora fugitive task force Lieutenant not to take photos of the many plain-clothes and even uniformed officers as he said their identities and roles in the arrest were critical to keep anonymous.  The same held true for the numerous unmarked police vehicles that flooded the parking lot, some with red and blue LED police lights flashing.  I then observed several uniformed officers escorting a man in handcuffs to a marked police cruiser where he was placed inside and whisked away from sight.  I asked one unidentified cop at the scene about the dramatic arrest scene and he replied “Yes, it was a good pop!”  Several plain clothes and uniformed cops remained at the scene until a tow truck hooked the blue sedan and towed it away from in front of the bank.  Surprised civilians eyed the scene with apparent curiosity until the last police car left.  As of this writing no other details of this arrest are known to us at

Aurora Police are not releasing a mug shot of this suspect at this time as this is an ongoing investigation.  The identity of the victim, who remains in critical condition, is not being released at this time.  Aurora investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed this shooting or with anyone who has information about this case. Witnesses are asked to call Detective Mike Prince with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6127 or they can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 say police.  The case will be reviewed by the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office.  Shane Anthony reporting

Below is an exclusive slideshow of todays arrest scene.  Photos by Shane Anthony

DPD Air-1 and other agencies nail armed suspect in Arvada 02/17/17

02/17/17 Arvada, CO – For the second night in a row a long nighttime airborne surveillance by Denver police helicopter unit “Air-1” has nabbed a dangerous criminal suspect.  This time the operation began in Denver District 4 with a sharp-eyed patrol cop calling in a description of a wanted green GMC Envoy which he had spotted.  The car had been “BOLO’d” (Be-On-The-Look-Out) the day before for previously running from the Denver cops.  Once again, (just as was the case last night), the cops on the ground and Air-1 showed great patience, restraint and determination as they shadowed the dangerous suspect vehicle around west Denver, downtown, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge and finally into Arvada.  The surveillance which had started around 11:45PM ended just over an hour later  at 12:53AM when the suspect exited his car and reportedly urinated in the parking lot of an apartment complex located in the 6400 block of Welch Court in Arvada.  Multiple ground troops from Denver, Arvada and other agencies rushed in to pounce (like a cat on a mouse) on the unsuspecting driver.  The man then briefly ran from the cops, tossing a gun to the side, and was quickly taken into police custody without further incident.  The gun was recovered by the officers at the scene and several passengers in his car were detained as well.  FYI criminals, you can run from “Air-1” but its pretty darned tough to hide!  Great work again Air-1 and all officers concerned!  Also kudos to all the 911 dispatchers who helped coordinate tonight’s apprehension.  Shane Anthony reporting

Aurora Police surround barricaded man near S. Peoria and Parker Rd. 02/15/17

02/15/17 Aurora, CO – This morning saw a heavy police presence on S. Peoria St. near S. Parker Rd. as Aurora Police tried to coax a dangerous man out of a tattoo shop where he was barricaded inside.  The incident began around 2:30AM today in a tattoo shop located at 3095 S. Peoria St.  The man, who Aurora police later identified as John Arthur Thomas was wanted by the Federal Heights Police Department on charges stemming from domestic violence.  The Aurora cops took no chances this morning as the barricaded man made threats to police.  Police also believed the man was armed.  Numerous tactical police resources were called in to deal with the barricaded man.  The situation was eventually peacefully resolved with the barricaded domestic violence suspect being taken into custody and turned over to Federal Heights Police.  S. Peoria St. which had been closed between E. Cornell Ave. and S. Parker Rd. reopened around 11am this morning.  Shane Anthony reporting

The tattoo shop where a man barricaded himself from Aurora police is shown here. Photo by Shane Anthony