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Suspect arrested in I-70 shooting that left an Assistant Fire Chief in Glen Haven dead


AURORA, Colo. (KRDO) -- Police say they've caught a suspect in a shooting that left a firefighter dead over Father's Day weekend.

According to the Aurora Police Department, officers were dispatched Saturday, June 18, on reports that someone had been shot on eastbound I-70. At the scene, officers found a truck pulled over on the right shoulder.

Inside of the truck, officers found the driver suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to our Denver news partners, the victim was John Jaros, Assistant Chief of the Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department. 9News reports that Jaros was driving with his wife and three children when several shots were fired into the truck.

Jaros' wife, Katie, was able to lean over, put the pickup in neutral, and guide the truck to the shoulder after he had been shot.

Police told 9News the incident involved street racers, four cars driving along eastbound I-70 with several additional cars behind them.

Thursday, APD announced the Major Crimes Homicide Unit arrested 20-year-old Jeremy Jacob Rocha in connection to the deadly shooting.

According to police, investigators identified multiple witnesses, involved vehicles, collected evidence, and conducted several interviews.

Rocha was arrested on charges of 1st Degree Murder and four counts of Attempted 1st Degree Murder.

The APD is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.




    1. Your ignorance is showing. That barren stretch of I-70 is really Watkins. Yes, it may be technically within the Aurora city limit, however, it is not the aurora, or Colfax you are thinking of. Sheesh. Get your head out of SoCo sometime.

      And really, what is so bad about Aurora?

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