Aurora police issue arrest warrant for former Greenwood Village police officer Adam Holen in death of Peyton Blitstein – CBS Denver
AURORA, Colorado (CBS4) – Aurora Police have filed an arrest warrant recommending a second degree murder charge against former Greenwood Village police officer Adam Holen. He shot dead 17-year-old Peyton Blitstein in an alleged road rage incident last month.
APD responded to a shooting in the 4900 block of South Addison Way the day before Thanksgiving. Video from the doorbell shows the times when shots were fired.
Blitstein’s family spoke to CBS4 about the ODA recommendation on Monday afternoon.
“I would have liked to see the first degree but the second degree is enough,” said Todd Blitstein, Peyton’s father. “Peyton deserves to receive the maximum charge and the maximum sentence.”
According to a press release, it is believed that there was an argument between the adult and a group of teenagers, after alleged reckless driving in the neighborhood. At one point during the argument, the adult and teenager involved pulled out guns and shot each other.
Holen, 36, worked for the Greenwood Village Police Department for five years before resigning for personal reasons on November 1. Blitstein was a student at Vista PEAK Preparatory.
Peyton’s family say they tried to get information about what happened that night from neighbors, but say they will not speak out for fear of reprisal.
“I don’t think someone like that needs to be in the community, honestly he needs to be taken off the streets,” his father said. “Adam needs to know that this is not going to go away. Adam needs to know that Peyton’s family and his followers are going to stand up for him.
The 18th Judicial District Prosecutor’s Office will decide whether to file a complaint. The DA is currently reviewing the ODA recommendation.