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Six People Arrested Following Overnight Incident That Began In The 2600 Block of Belford Ave. #GVCopBeat

Jordan Vigil

Jordan Vigil

The Grand Junction Police Department arrested six people overnight following an incident that began in the 2600 block of Belford Ave.

Street Crimes Unit officers received information that 22-year-old Jordan Vigil, a man with outstanding warrants, was at an apartment at 2601 Belford Ave.  The warrants included a no bond warrant for failure to comply on charges including previous offender in possession of a firearm, prohibited use of a firearm, criminal impersonation, possession of a controlled substance and special offender, as well as a warrant for failure to appear on assault and felony menacing charges.  Officers also had information about the location of a vehicle that Vigil had previously been seen in.

Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near 13th St. and Walnut Ave.  Two adults, 19-year-old Antonio Arredondo and 18-year-old Aide Gutierrez, and a juvenile were inside the vehicle, however Vigil was not.  Arredondo was arrested and booked into the Mesa County Jail on charges of possession of weapons by a previous offender, possession of a controlled substance,  possession of drug paraphernalia, and special offender.  Gutierrez was arrested and booked into the Mesa County  Jail for possession of a controlled substance.  The juvenile was also arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

At the same time, other officers were at the apartment complex, and saw Vigil in one of the units.  Officers knocked on the door and asked him to come out, but he would not.  They then obtained a search warrant allowing them to go inside the apartment to look for him.  Officers made repeated calls using a loud speaker telling Vigil to come out, but he would not.  Eventually SWAT officers were called in and they continued telling Vigil and any other occupants to come out.  They also had information that a baby was inside the apartment, and eventually 22-year-old Romeo Lujan came out with the baby.  Lujan was arrested for an outstanding warrant.  The baby was not injured and was given to a family member.

SWAT officers then continued telling Vigil to come out.  They also had information that a woman was inside the apartment with him.  Eventually, when neither came out of the apartment, officers deployed tear gas inside the unit, causing Vigil and the woman, 18-year-old Cassidy Seiff, to surrender without further incident. Both were booked into the Mesa County Jail for outstanding warrants.  Additional charges are pending.

August 27, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | | 1 Comment

Latest Update to Monday’s Critical Incident on Grand Ave. #GVCopBeat

Update at 7:00 p.m. on August 26, 2014

The Grand Junction Police Department is now able to release the names of the two officers involved in yesterday’s shooting on Grand Ave.

The officers are Cpl. Clint Newton and Ofc. Patric Bridge.  Cpl. Newton has been with the GJPD since 2003.  He had more than six years of prior law enforcement experience before joining the GJPD.  Ofc. Bridge joined the GJPD earlier this year.  He came to us with more than two years of prior law enforcement experience.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has also completed its examination of the deceased.  Below is the news release from the coroner’s office:

 

 

Mesa County Coroner’s Office

MEDIA RELEASE

Date: August 26, 2014

Contact: 970-256-6462

coroner@mesacounty.us

For Immediate Release

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Joshua Matthew Crawford, a 29 year-old male resident of Grand Junction, CO. Mr. Crawford was the gentleman involved in the officer involved shooting yesterday August 25, 2014 on the 1700 block of Grand Ave. The cause of death is gunshot wounds of the chest. Due to the sensitivity of this ongoing investigation our office will not be providing any further information at this time.

The law enforcement agency overseeing this investigation is the Critical Incident Response Team. Please contact them for any further details regarding this case.

Thank you,

Dean M Havlik, MD, Mesa County Coroner

Victor Yahn, Chief Deputy Coroner

 

Previously released information can be found here.

August 26, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment

Additional Information on Today’s Critical Incident on Grand Ave. #GVCopBeat

Update at 7:45 p.m. on August 25, 2014

After the shots were fired, other responding officers removed the man from the car and took him to a safe position behind a police vehicle to bring in paramedics so they could assess the man’s condition.  Additional responding officers continued covering the house until they could determine there was no additional threat from the home.

The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team is actively investigating what occurred. Until investigators complete interviews, the autopsy is conducted, and the gun found in the car is analyzed, we are not able to provide additional details at this time.

Grand Ave. between 17th and 18th streets has reopened to traffic.

We are not anticipating having any additional information to release until Tuesday afternoon at the earliest.

Previously released information:

The Grand Junction Police Department was called to remove a person who was outside a home in the 1700 block of Grand Ave.  Officers contacted a person in a vehicle and a shooting ensued. The suspect was shot and died on scene. No officers were hurt in the shooting.  The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Team has been activated as is standard in officer involved shootings.

The Grand Junction Police Department can confirm that two of our officers were involved in the shooting on Grand Ave.  Neither of them were injured.  As is standard, they will be interviewed as part of the investigation and they are on administrative leave.

Grand Ave is currently closed between 17th and 18th streets.

Continue following http://www.grandjunctionpolicedepartment.com for further information updates.

August 25, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | 1 Comment

Update: Critical Incident on Grand Ave #GVCopBeat

The Grand Junction Police Department can confirm that two of our officers were involved in the shooting on Grand Ave.  Neither of them were injured.  As is standard, they will be interviewed as part of the investigation and they are on administrative leave.

Grand Ave is currently closed between 17th and 18th streets.

 

Previously released information can be found here.

August 25, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment

Critical Incident in the 1700 Block of Grand Ave #GVCopBeat

The Grand Junction Police Department was called to remove a person who was outside a home in the 1700 block of Grand Ave.  Officers contacted a person in a vehicle and a shooting ensued. The suspect was shot and died on scene. No officers were hurt in the shooting.  The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Team has been activated as is standard in officer involved shootings.

Continue following http://www.grandjunctionpolicedepartment.com for further information updates.

August 25, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | 1 Comment

GJPD Investigating Fatal Car Crash That Occurred Last Night on Grand Ave #GVCopBeat

The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a fatal car crash that occurred last night in the 600 block of Grand Ave.  At about 8:45 p.m. three men were crossing Grand Ave. at mid-block.  The driver of a pickup truck swerved to try to avoid them, but hit one of the men.  The man that was struck was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital where he later died.

As is standard in any investigation such as this, we are checking to see if any of those involved were under the influence of alcohol.  The driver is not facing any charges at this time.

Below is the news release from the Mesa County Coroner’s Office:

Date: August 23, 2014

Contact: 970-256-6462

coroner@mesacounty.us

For Immediate Release

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Andrew Kerezman, a 30 year-old male resident of Grand Junction, CO.  Mr. Kerezman was the gentleman involved in the incident at 6th St and Grand Ave last night August 22, 2014. The cause of death is multiple injuries and the manner of death is accident.

The law enforcement agency overseeing this investigation is the Grand Junction Police Department. Please contact them for any further details regarding this case.

Thank you,
Dean M Havlik, MD, Mesa County Coroner

Victor Yahn, Chief Deputy Coroner

August 23, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , | Leave a comment

GJPD Yard Sale For United Way Takes Place Saturday, August 23 #GVCopBeat #gjco #mesacounty

The annual Grand Junction Police Department Yard Sale for United Way will take place Saturday, August 23 from 7:00am-2:00pm at the corner of 7th St. and Pitkin Ave.  All proceeds will benefit United Way of Mesa County.  Hope to see you there!

Public Yard Sale For United Way 2014 Flier

August 18, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , | Leave a comment

911 Dispatchers Team Up with the Grand Junction Rockies to Educate Residents About Emergency Services in Mesa County #GVCopBeat #gjco #mesacounty

Logo GJ911

Join us for the Grand Junction Rockies game tonight at 6:30pm at Suplizio Field!

One of our 911 dispatchers will be throwing out the first pitch!

 

The Grand Junction Regional Communication Center is thrilled to be able to team up with the Grand Junction Rockies to bring you important information about 911 services in Mesa County.  Below are some key messages everyone who lives or works in Mesa County needs to know.

 

Why You Need to Sign Up for Emergency Notifications

Do you use a smartphone or tablet?

Would you want to know if there was an emergency affecting your neighborhood right now, even if you weren’t at home?

Disasters and emergencies can happen anywhere, and we in Mesa County are not immune.  During these incidents, a crucial tool in keeping people safe is the ability to instantly provide the public with critical information, regardless if they are at home or not. The problem is, emergency responders can’t effectively and efficiently provide you with this critical information unless you take a couple minutes to sign up to receive alerts from the Mesa County Emergency Notification System.  This is especially true for people who no longer have traditional, landline phones in their homes.

The Emergency Notification System allows 911 dispatchers to send critical alerts to the mobile devices you register.  You can receive the messages as text, voicemail, and email, and you have complete power over which of your devices gets the messages and in what format.  What’s more, you can link your contact information to multiple addresses in Mesa County.  That way if there’s an incident near your child’s school, you can know about it while you are at work.  Or perhaps you have an elderly parent who lives alone.  You can receive alerts involving that address as well.  You are able to use this system in a way that best works for you and the people you care about.

It only takes a couple of minutes to get signed up.  Use this link.

 

 

If You Ever Have to Call 911

Hopefully you will never need to call 911, but if you do, there are some important things you need to know.

The first is your address or location. The 911 dispatchers need to know where to send the help.  Try to be as specific as possible.

You also need to make sure the scene around you is safe. Car crashes, for example, can pose safety risks to the people trying to help those involved.  Look for any hazards, such as downed power lines, leaking fluids from the vehicle, or other vehicle traffic.  If you are calling about a fire or flood, make sure you are in a safe location before you call to report them. And law enforcement incidents may require you to shelter in place or to evacuate.

When you call 911, try to remain calm, and don’t hang up the phone until the 911 dispatch tells you to hang up.  Remember that it may take several minutes for the emergency responders to arrive, but know that help is on the way.

In some situations, the person you are trying to help may need medical attention immediately, even before the paramedics can get there.  The 911 dispatchers are trained to help you through that process, even if you don’t have any medical training or experience.

For more information about 911 services in Mesa County visit our Grand Junction Regional Communication Center webpage.

Why 911 Dispatchers May Not Automatically Know Your Location When You Call

Here’s a pop quiz for you…

True or false?

When you call 911 from a mobile phone the dispatcher automatically knows where you are located.

The answer?……. False

A lot of people think that their mobile phones can pinpoint their location when they call 911.  The reality is they can give the 911 dispatcher a general idea of where you are, but not an exact location.

So how close do they come to your exact location?  That depends on your wireless carrier and their cell towers and technology.  Some can get you within a few hundred feet, others within a few blocks.  And, if you’re in a building with more than one floor, the location will not show which floor you are on.

That’s why during emergencies it is critical to know where you are, or at least be able to describe what is around you in good detail.  Pay attention to street names and mile markers, for example.  Know the exact addresses of places you visit often.  When visiting someplace new, look for identifiable features or landmarks.  And when you do call 911 tell the dispatcher your mobile phone number, so that if you get disconnected the dispatcher can call you back.

For more information about 911 services in Mesa County visit our Grand Junction Regional Communication Center webpage.

What You Should Teach Your Kids About 911

Frequently we hear stories in the news about young kids who saved lives because they knew how to call 911.

Would your child know what to do in an emergency?

While it’s important to teach kids that dialing 911 is not a game, they also need to feel comfortable calling 911 during true emergencies.

And start early, as soon as they are able to grasp the concept of what an emergency is.

Role play with your kids and give them examples of what are or are not emergencies.

“If someone falls off a ladder, is that an emergency?”  Or  “If you have a really bad dream, is that an emergency?”

Once they have a firm grasp of what an emergency is, show them the phone and how to use it if they did need to call 911.

And tell them to never hang up until the 911 dispatcher says it’s ok to hang up the phone.

That’s also important if you or your child accidentally calls 911.  Don’t immediately hang up.  Instead, wait for the dispatcher to answer and explain what happened.  If you don’t talk to them, they will send a law enforcement officer to you to check on you.

911 is a great tool for keeping people safe or getting them help when they need it.  Make sure your kids know what to do and how to call for help.

For more information about 911 services in Mesa County visit our Grand Junction Regional Communication Center webpage.

August 15, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , | Leave a comment

911 Goes To The GJ Rockies- Stop By Our Booth For Great Information For You And Prizes For The Kids #GVCopBeat @GJRockies

Logo GJ911The Grand Junction Regional Communication Center, which provides 911 service for all of the law enforcement and fire agencies in Mesa County, is going to the Grand Junction Rockies!

Look for our booth and listen for our public service announcements during the game on Friday, August 15.  We’ll have important information that can keep you and your family safe, and we’ll be helping people sign up to receive Emergency Notifications.  Make sure to pick up prizes for the kiddos and have them meet some of our 911 dispatchers so they are prepared should they ever need to call for help during an emergency.

Some of the topics we’ll be covering include:

  • The Emergency Notification System- Getting you critical information even when you are not home
  • What you need to know should you ever have to call 911
  • 911’s capabilities when it comes to locating the person reporting the emergency
  • What you need to teach your kids about 911

We hope to see you there!  Go Rockies!

August 12, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , | Leave a comment

Update to Fatal Motorcycle Crash At 1st ST. and Pitkin Ave. #GVCopBeat

Grand Junction Police investigators have finished their on scene investigation of the fatal crash at 1st Street at Pitkin Ave., and have reopened 1st Street to traffic.

At this time we are investigating the possibility that alcohol was a factor in this crash.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will complete its portion of the investigation and will determine the cause and manner of death.  The coroner’s office will also release the identity of the motorcycle rider once it has notified the man’s family.

Previously released information can be found here.

August 9, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , | Leave a comment

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