The Denver Channel
November 25, 2014
The Aurora Police Department said officers arrested 20-year-old Jahvell Daquan Forrest in the shooting of a patrol officer during a traffic stop last week.
Forrest was taken into custody around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and made his first court appearance Wednesday, according to Interim Chief of Police Terry Jones. Forrest’s bond was set at $1 million.
Jones said Forrest was cooperative at the time of his arrest.
Jones said the arrest was made based on “down-and-dirty police work.”
“We are absolutely certain we have the gunman,” Jones said.
Sources told 7NEWS that police received a tip over the weekend that led them down the path to find Forrest. The sources also said that his family played a role in getting him in custody.
In less than two years, Forrest has compiled a four-page adult arrest history in Colorado. His prior arrests include carrying a concealed weapon, receiving stolen property, burglary, theft, harassment, disturbing the peace, trespassing, marijuana possession and driving with a suspected license.
In his current arrest, he’s being held on investigation of first-degree attempted homicide of a peace officer involving a gun, attempted first-degree murder involving a gun, first-degree assault on a police officer, theft, possession of burglary tools, and second-degree burglary involving forced entry of a residence. He’s also being held on several fugitive warrants, including a Greenwood Village case where he’s charged with eight counts of felony identity theft.
7NEWS obtained the arrest warrant in the Greenwood Village case. It reveals he was the suspect in a break-in at Cherry Creek High School in September. During a football game, he’s accused of breaking into lockers in the west building and then using credit cards to buy jewelry, prescription drugs and food.
The wounded officer, Ryan Burns, is an 11-year veteran of the department. He continues to recover from his injuries in the hospital, police said.
“He is in good condition but will remain in the hospital for several more days,” Aurora police spokesman Officer Frank Fania said in a Tuesday news release.