The Aurora Police Department is mourning the loss of a police officer who died from COVID-19.
“It is with a very heavy heart that the Aurora Illinois Police Department announces the death of Officer Brian Shields,” department officials said in a news release.
Shields died Tuesday morning (Jan. 11, 2022) at the age of 51 from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 while serving the Aurora community.
For the second year in a row, COVID-19 was the leading cause of death for law enforcement officers in the United States, according to a report released on Tuesday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
“Our condolences and prayers go out to Brian’s family and to all those he served with during his more than 16 years as an officer with the Aurora Police Department,” Aurora Chief of Police Keith Cross said. “Our Police Department family will do everything possible to provide support and comfort to Brian’s family. Brian’s memory will live on forever at APD.
Cross asked members of the community to respect the family’s privacy as they go through this difficult time.
“Our entire department is mourning with the Shields family,” Cross said. “Please keep the family and our APD family in your thoughts and prayers.”
More information about arrangements will be forthcoming.
SOURCE: Aurora Police Department news release