Vietnam Veteran Killed by Aurora Police After Defending His Family Against Intruder
Aurora, Colorado – Vietnam Army Veteran, Richard “Gary” Black retrieved his 9mm after an intruder broke into his home early Monday. He shot and killed the naked man, identified as 26 year old Dajon Harper, who was harming his 11 year old grandson. But Aurora police arriving at the scene shot him instead.
According to KDVR,
“The Black family called police at 1 a.m. as a man broke into their home. When officers arrived, they heard gunfire then encountered an armed man, later identified as Black.
An officer shot and killed him, but when police went inside the home, they found the intruder dead on the bathroom floor, shot minutes earlier by Black.”
Richard “Gary” Black, 73, was a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient. He served with the Army’s 1st Infantry Battalion and held the rank of Lieutenant. He had also been an agent with the IRS. He was shot and killed in his living room.
According to the family’s attorney, his wife described what Mr. Black was wearing twice prior to police arrival. They called police shortly after 1 a.m. to report a man had broken into their home. They did not know the man. It is unknown at this point whether police shot from the outside of the home or the inside.
The Aurora Police Department has not confirmed the information from the attorney, but have acknowedge the killing of Mr. Black.
“The man grabs the 11-year-old … starts choking him and drags him into the bathroom trying to drown him and choke him in the bathroom.”
“Decorated Army veteran Richard ‘Gary’ Black died a hero by shooting and killing a naked intruder who was trying to kill his 11-year-old grandson…” Siddartha Rathod, Black family attorney
The 11 year old grandson was transported to the hospital with “serious, but non-life-threatening injuries” done by the intruder. The actual nature of those injuries has not been released.
“This is a very heartbreaking and tragic situation for everyone involved, We are providing assistance through our victim advocates to help the family of the deceased resident through this very difficult time.” Aurora police Chief Nick Metz
The investigation is ongoing. Chief Metz is reportedly frustrated that he can’t release all the details, because the information being shared on social media is “inaccurate.” The officer who shot the homeowner is on administrative leave, and the Denver Police are investigating the incident. The officer who shot Mr. Black also shot another suspect in June. Police have not identified the officer due to threats they have received.