Police in Colorado on high alert after telephone death threats, shots fired at officers

AURORA, Colo. — Police in the Denver and Aurora area are on high alert after receiving death threats targeted at police p1177813486-3officers, Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz said on Wednesday.

“It’s absolutely chilling,” said Metz, describing the call during an interview on “Good Day Colorado.”

At about 6 p.m. on Sunday, an unidentified person made a 911 call to the Aurora Police Department with the following warning:

“It’s time that you guys know we are no longer playing around with the police departments. Aurora and Denver, we are about to start striking fear shooting down all cops that we see by their selves. This will go for the sheriff’s department. You guys are evicting innocent people. Let us catch you by yourself and it’s shots fired.”

Authorities said the call was made from a disconnected Cricket cell phone and the caller may have disguised his voice. Because of heightened anti-police sentiment and the nature of the call, police are taking the threat very seriously.

Aurora Police Association President Bob Wesner said that he was not surprised by the call but very rarely do they receive calls from people wanting to shoot at police.

Approximately four hours after the threats were received, an unknown suspect opened fire on officers responding to a call. Authorities would not release many details about the incident but Aurora Police Department spokeswoman, Diana Cooley, did confirm that officers heard shots shortly after arriving at an unrelated call and that several shots were then fired at the officers.

The officers did not return fire and no one was injured. Investigators would not say if this could have been an ambush and have not determined if the incident is related to the earlier 911 threats. Authorities issued an officer safety bulletin and are also making the public aware of the situation.