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Suspected Burglar Who Shot Self while Fleeing Police Identified

Covington Police identified the man who died after fleeing officers who responded to a call that a home was being burglarized downtown.

Aurelio Isabel Reyes, Jr., 23, died last Thursday when a gun he was holding discharged.

Police reported that they responded to the scene of a possible burglary on Sixth Street in the Mutter Gottes neighborhood and when approaching the home in question, the suspect fled. An officer spotted a gun in the suspect's hand. When the man attempted to scale a wall by Mother of God Church, he fell, and officers heard the gun discharge.

Reyes was fatally wounded in the head.


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Investigators are unsure whether the gunshot was intentional or accidental.

Reyes had a lengthy criminal record in Kenton County, with fifteen arrests since 2012, according to jail records. He was most recently jailed in September for first degree criminal trespassing.

-Staff report

Photo: Aurelio Isabel Reyes, Jr. (provided)