IMPD officer appears in Cincinnati court, agrees to extradition in attempted murder case

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CINCINNATI, Ohio — IMPD Officer Adrian Scott Aurs appeared via video before a magistrate in Cincinnati Tuesday morning to hear a prosecutor’s request that he be extradited back to Indianapolis where he faces an attempted murder charge.

In a hearing that literally lasted seconds, Aurs, clad in a yellow jail shirt, answered in an affirmative fashion that he had no objection to returning to Indianapolis where he will be at least temporarily housed inside the Marion County Jail, presumably in a segregated cell away from the general offender population.

IMPD confirmed he was back in Indianapolis Tuesday night.

Aurs is accused of shooting an Indianapolis Metropolitan police detective Friday night in the aftermath of a domestic dispute at his estranged wife’s apartment in Franklin Township.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Aurs then fled along I-74, calling his father-in-law to apologize before being arrested following a standoff on a highway bridge over the Ohio River by the Cincinnati Police SWAT team.

Since that time he has been housed in the Hamilton County Jail in downtown Cincinnati.

Common Pleas Court Magistrate Michael L. Bachman heard and granted the extradition motion while Aurs was nominally represented by a local public defender who did not address the Court.

IMPD Chief Troy Riggs called the actions of Det. Robert Pearsey “heroic” in returning fire after he was wounded in the right elbow, possibly averting an even greater tragedy and protecting the lives of Aurs’ wife and children.

Pearsey is expected to recover.

Riggs has recommended Aurs for termination.

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 86 President Lt. Rick Snyder said that despite Aurs’ membership in the body, the FOP would not extend legal counsel to the accused patrolman.

Attorney Jim Voyles will represent Aurs.