An Aurora police SWAT officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man last spring — a shooting that sparked protests across the city — will not face criminal charges, prosecutors announced Wednesday morning.
Paul JerotheAccording to a report from Jefferson County District Attorney Peter Weir released Wednesday morning, Officer Paul Jerothe shot and killed Naeschylus Vinzant on March 6 when Vinzant appeared to reach for a weapon in his pocket. Police later learned Vinzant — who was wanted on kidnapping, escape and other charges — was unarmed.
Jerothe was 10 to 15 feet away from Vinzant when he fired, the report said. Several other officers were on the scene and none of them fired their weapons.