Robbery, kidnapping suspect killed by Aurora officer was unarmed

March 9, 2015

Investigators say a kidnapping and robbery suspect who was shot and killed by an Aurora police officer was unarmed.

Cmdr. Paul O'Keefe said Monday the 37-year-old man was a parolee who had removed a Department of Corrections ankle monitor March 2. The man, identified by the Arapahoe County coroner's office as Naeschylus Vinzant, was shot once in the chest as police were trying to arrest him in a neighborhood west of Springhill Golf Course on Friday afternoon.

He died at a hospital.

The Denver Post reports police have not said what led to the shooting, or released any information about the alleged robbery and kidnapping. No officers were injured in the shooting.

The officer who fired the shot has been placed on administrative leave.