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Police officer slips on ice and accidentally shoots unarmed car thief

By Mason White 3:12 PM December 20, 2015
Christopher Padilla 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) Investigators in Colorado, said that a police officer shot an unarmed suspect when he fell on ice while running after him.

The suspect, who has a criminal history, was identified as Christopher Padilla, 20. He was critically injured and was taken to a hospital, where his is being treated and is expected to survive.

According to Aurora police, the officer was assigned to the Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force and was working with several police departments in an investigation of an auto theft ring.

The officer and his partner spotted a suspect in a white Honda Civic, and they followed him. The suspect stopped at a UPS parking lot.

According to Aurora police, the suspect got out of the Honda Civic and entered a black Acura, before driving away.

The officers followed the Acura several blocks. After crossing into Denver, officers conducted a PIT maneuver to stop the suspect. The suspect got out of his vehicle and began to flee on foot.

The officer slipped on ice while running after the suspect. His gun went off and the suspect was shot on the upper left quadrant. Padilla is facing charges of car theft.

The officer who shot Padilla, is a 16-year veteran of the Aurora Police Department. He was placed on administrative leave.