AURORA, Ill. (CBS) — Aurora police Officer Brian Shields died of COVID-19 complications this week, according to the department.

Aurora Police Officer Brian Shields

Aurora Police Officer Brian Shields (Credit: Aurora Police)

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The Aurora Police Department said Shields died Tuesday morning at the age of 51.

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Aurora Police Officer Brian Shields

Aurora Police Officer Brian Shields (Credit: Aurora Police)

“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 in a news release. “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.”

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Information about funeral arrangements will be forthcoming, Aurora police said.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff