INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Clad in a red jail jumpsuit typically reserved for high profile or suicidal offenders, IMPD Officer Adrian Scott Aurs appeared in Marion Superior Court to be charged with the attempted murder of a fellow officer who was at his estranged wife’s apartment last Friday to take a report on a domestic dispute.
Brooke Aurs cried and rushed from the courtroom when she spotted the father of her two children at the defense table.
Aurs was ordered held on $200,000 bond for attempted murder, residential entry and pointing a firearm for shooting Sgt. Robert Pearsey of IMPD’s Special Investigations Unit.
In a courtroom packed with police officers, Defense Attorney Jim Voyles told the judge his client would live with an uncle who was a retired police officer and abide by the court’s orders that he not have a gun or contact with his wife or children.
Veteran officers privately conveyed their dismay at what they considered the insufficient bond amount.
In an amended Probable Cause Affidavit, IMPD detectives spell in greater detail what occurred at the Overlook at Valley Ridge Apartments following an argument between the couple earlier in the meeting regarding child visitation.
“Her husband forced entrance into her apartment through the patio doors with his gun in his hand,” reads the Probable Cause, “then yelled, ‘What are you laughing at with another man in your apartment!’
“Aurs then pointed his gun directly at Sgt. Pearsey, and fired at least three rounds at close range at Sgt. Pearsey who was sitting on the couch.
“Brooke stated she was in fear for her life and believed that Adrian Aurs wanted to kill her and the children,” continues the detective’s account who wrote that Aurs ran outside the apartment and said to a witness, “I shot my friend,” and then put a gun to his head.
Aurs’ father-in-law told investigators the officer then called him as he drove on I-74 and admitted the shooting.
Several hours later detectives tracked Aurs to Cincinnati where he was arrested by CPD SWAT Team officers during a standoff on a highway bridge over the Ohio River.
“While in the CPD holding cell and being recorded,” reads the P.C., “Aurs made voluntary statements saying “I shot someone” and “I lost it,I just snapped.”
Later when talking to IMPD detectives in the Cincinnati jail, “Aurs also stated that he did not know the man in his wife’s apartment was a police officer.”
Voyles and Aurs’ family left the courtroom without comment as the defendant was returned to the Marion County Jail.