5 in Custody, Man Shot in Exchange of Gunfire With Aurora Police

A man was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with Aurora police Wednesday morning in the western suburb, and several people related to the incident were taken into custody.

About 10:50 a.m., officers in three unmarked cars were on an undercover detail in the 900 block of Grove Street, according to a statement posted on the Aurora Police Department’s Facebook page.

The undercover officers were watching the occupants of a Toyota and a Mitsubishi for suspected gang activity when people in the Toyota opened fire on the officers, police said. Officers in two of the unmarked cars returned fire, striking one of the suspects in the leg.

The driver of the Toyota tried to take off, but sped backwards into a telephone pole in the same block, police said. Three men inside — including the man shot by police — were taken into custody.

The driver of the Mitsubishi also took off, but was stopped about a block away in the 900 block of Superior Street, police said. Two men were taken into custody, but a third was still at large Wednesday night.

None of the officers were injured, police said. At least one gun was recovered from one of the vehicles.

Three of the men were taken to hospitals under police guard for treatment, police said. The man who was shot by police was treated for his wound, and another was treated for injuries suffered in the Toyota crash. A man taken into custody from the Mitsubishi was treated for a minor graze wound and cuts and scrapes. None of their injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

An elementary school in the 1200 block of Front Street was briefly placed on soft lockdown during the incident, police said.

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