AURORA, Colo. – Aurora’s police chief says it’s possible that the homeowner, shot and killed by an officer during a home invasion and assault investigation, didn’t hear the commands of officers to drop his weapon.
Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz says that the family of Richard “Gary” Black informed investigators on Thursday that he had a hearing impairment.
Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz (credit: CBS)
“Mr. Black saved his family’s life that night”, said Metz. “There is no doubt that he did everything he could to protect everything that was important to him and that was his family.”
The suspect in the early Monday morning attack has been identified as 26-year-old Dajon Harper.
A 911 call released by police on Thursday is that of Harper’s mother who followed her son into the neighboring home belonging to the Black family.
911 Caller: “Dajon! Get out here; you are in people’s house. Open the door!”
911 Caller: “He has literally kicked in some people’s door and I am in their house, I’m his mom, he is on some type of drug or something.”
Police said they are awaiting toxicology reports to determine whether Harper was under the influence at the time of the attack.
Dajon Harper (credit: CBS)
Harper was reportedly naked when he kicked down Black’s door and grabbed an 11-year-old child and tried to strangle and drown him in the bathroom.
911 Caller: “He got a baby in there, he’s trying to drown the baby.”
911 Operator: “Does he have a weapon?”
911 Caller: “No, he don’t have no weapon.”
Metz confirmed the family’s account of Black, 73, shooting the suspect; that he was protecting his grandson who was being attacked by Harper.