Trial for suspect in Aurora police officer shooting pushed back


AURORAA man accused of shooting an Aurora police officer last year had his trial pushed back to January this week in Adams County.

Jahvell Forrest, 21, was scheduled to go on trial Aug. 24 on an attempted murder charge, but the trial has been pushed back to Jan. 25, 2016.

Forrest is accused of shooting Aurora police Officer Ryan Burns in the leg during a November traffic stop in north Aurora. He has been held in the Adams County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond since his arrest a few days after the shooting.

Burns was wounded in the leg, and police said he only survived because his partner, Officer Dale Leonard, quickly used a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. Police said Burns received five liters of blood during his hospital stay.

A judge said during a hearing early this year that Forrest admitted to shooting the officer.

Police said at another hearing that Forrest was driving a stolen car and shot at the officers because he was worried about going to jail on car theft charges and multiple active warrants for other crimes.