Aurora chief says miscommunication kept him in the dark about pellet gun held by boy, 14, shot by police after alleged robbery

Aurora Sentinel: Aurora interim Police Chief Art Acevedo on Monday blamed communication lapses in his department for the fact that it took more than a week to correct past statements that Jor’Dell Richardson had a handgun when he was shot by officers earlier this month.

On June 1, the 14-year-old was running from a police officer after allegedly taking part in a convenience store robbery when he was tackled by Officer James Snapp. A struggle between Richardson and officers Snapp and Roch Gruszeczka ensued, during which Gruszeczka shot Richardson once in the stomach. Richardson died soon after.

Acevedo announced at a news conference the day of the shooting that Richardson had a “semiautomatic firearm pistol,” referring to the item as a firearm or gun no fewer than four times. Community activists Candice Bailey and Tim Hernandez said the chief reiterated at a meeting early last week with Aurora residents that Richardson had a gun.

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