DA clears Aurora officers in December shooting


AURORA | Adams County prosecutors Friday cleared four Aurora police officers of wrongdoing for shooting a shotgun-wielding man after a standoff late last year.

In the letter, Adams County District Attorney Dave Young said the four Aurora officers acted appropriately when they shot Stephen Harrold Adams, 48, on Dec. 15 outside a home on Jamaica Street.

The officers fired a total of between 33 or 34 shots at Adams, Young wrote, but just a single bullet fragment struck him in the leg.

Adams was later arrested and charged with several felonies, including assault on a police officer and menacing. He is being held in the Adams County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court May 1.

The standoff started around 5 a.m. that day when Adams’ girlfriend called police and said he had a shotgun and was trying to break into her Jamaica Street home.

When police arrived, Adams was driving away from the home but he later drove back to the home and parked in front.

For 45 minutes, he shouted at police and told them to bring his girlfriend outside and said if they didn’t, the standoff would “end badly.”

After 45 minutes, police said Adams stepped out of the car and pointed the gun at the officers, at which point four opened fire.