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IMPD shooting suspect previously hailed as hero

Posted at 5:50 AM, Jul 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-30 19:07:01-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis police officer accused of shooting an IMPD detective at his home Friday night has made headlines as a hero – and a criminal – in his 18 years on the force.

IMPD Officer Adrian Scott Aurs surrendered to Cincinnati police along Interstate 71/75 early Saturday morning – hours after allegedly shooting an Indianapolis police detective who was investigating a claim of domestic violence against him.

An arrest warrant from Marion County charges Aurs with attempted murder. A spokesman for Cincinnati police say he's not likely to face charges there.

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But Friday wasn't the first time Aurs has found himself in the news.

In 2003, IMPD Officer Adrian Scott Aurs was shot himself in a gunbattle with a suspect, 23-year-old Justin B. Coates, on the northeast side. Coates had led police on a chase after his ex-girlfriend reported he was shooting her car.

According to RTV6's newsgathering partner WIBC, the chase ended near the intersection of 46th Street and Park Forest Court, where Coates climbed onto the roof of a carport and began firing at police.

Aurs was struck in the chest, but was wearing a bulletproof vest and didn't sustain serious injury. Police returned fire at Coates, striking him in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In 2008, Aurs and several other IMPD officers were hailed as heroes when they pulled a woman from a burning car just moments before it exploded. They were awarded with a Red Cross Lifesaver Award for their efforts.

But behind the headlines, RTV6 sources say Aurs developed problems with alcohol after his 2003 shooting.

In May 2005, Aurs pleaded guilty to a charge of drunken driving after rear-ending another car on I-65 near Keystone Avenue. Aurs was temporarily suspended from the force and given one year on probation.

In 2012, Aurs was involved in a fatal crash at the intersection of 29th and Harding streets.

Aurs' vehicle struck a Lincoln MKZ driven by Williams Wilkins, 78, of Greenwood. Prosecutors said that Wilkins slowed down but didn't stop at a flashing red light and that Aurs had the right-of-way.

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A blood alcohol test showed Aurs had a 0.052 BAC at the time of the crash. – below the legal limit of 0.08. Prosecutors declined to charge Aurs for the crash, calling it an "unfortunate accident."

As of Saturday morning, Aurs was in custody in Cincinnati and facing extradition back to Indianapolis on a charge of attempted murder. An IMPD spokesman said Aurs is now suspended, pending his termination.