A threatening call to police warning “we are about to start striking fear, shooting down all cops that we see by themselves,” was followed by shots fired toward police in Aurora, Colorado on Sunday that prompted a high alert safety advisement for officers.
“It’s time that you guys know we are no longer playing around with the police departments. Aurora and Denver, we are about to start striking fear shooting down all cops that we see by their selves. This will go for the sheriff’s department. You guys are evicting innocent people. Let us catch you by yourself and it’s shots fired.”
9 News reported that according to a warning sent to law enforcement Monday, a caller contacted Aurora 911 dispatch around 5:45 p.m Sunday via a disconnected Cricket cell phone. The male caller sounded as if he was attempting to disguise his voice, or was possibly using a recording, the warning said.
The call lasted 37 seconds, and the caller reportedly said “It’s time you guys know that we are no longer playing around with the police departments. Aurora and Denver we are about to start striking fear, shooting down all cops that we see by their selves.”
The caller went on to say, “You guys are evicting innocent people. Let us catch you by yourself and it’s shots fired.”
Approximately four hours later, Aurora police officers “were fired upon while responding to a call,” the warning said. It is unclear if the shooting was an ambush situation.
Aurora Police spokeswoman Diana Cooley could not confirm any details of the threatening 911 call. Cooley said Aurora police officers heard gunshots near Elmira Street and Florence Way while responding to an unrelated call around 9:45 p.m. Shortly after, shots were fired toward the officers, Cooley said.
A source told 9NEWS Aurora Police is making changes to make officers safer.
The incident comes after weeks of ambush-style attacks against police officers that left a Las Vegas officer injured, and killed officers in Illinois and Texas.
Monday, Fox Lake, Illinois, police officer Lt. Joe Gliniewicz will be laid to rest in Antioch, Illinois. His funeral is expected to draw thousand of mourners. Police are still looking for Gliniewciz’s killer.