The Grand Junction Police Department is now able to release the name of the officer involved in the shooting that occurred near N.10th Street and Gunnison Avenue on Tuesday, May 19.
Officer Martin Donohue has nearly 17 years of experience with our agency, and came to us with prior experience at another police agency as well. He is a Patrol Officer, who also serves in a collateral duty assignment handling major traffic accident investigations.
Officer Donohue is currently on Administrative Leave, pending the outcome of an internal investigation, which takes place separately from the criminal investigation being conducted by the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).
Chief of Police, John Camper, addressed the media regarding the Critical Incident–Officer Involved Shooting this afternoon around 2:00pm. A video of the press briefing can be found here.
Previously released information regarding this incident:
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The following is an overview of what we believe occurred yesterday evening, with the following cautionary notes, however:
First, we are conducting literally dozens of interviews, and analyzing volumes of data, and it’s not only possible but likely that some of the following information will change. That’s the nature of a complex investigation, and we are only in the beginning stages of this particular investigation.
Second, because an officer-involved shooting occurred at the conclusion of these events, we are limited to commenting only on those events which led up to that. The officer-involved shooting is under investigation by the multi-jurisdictional 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team, whose findings will be forwarded to the District Attorney for his review, analysis, and determination of lawfulness.
Sometime prior to 5:45 p.m. yesterday, a 17 year-old young man became involved in a physical altercation with his father, at their home on the Redlands. The father suffered injuries during that altercation. The son left the home in a silver pickup truck, and also left with a long gun, and a backpack containing ammunition and some other items.
It would appear that the young man proceeded East on Broadway, because at about 5:49 p.m. he became involved in a head-on collision with a motorcyclist on Grand Avenue, between 8th and 9th Street. More specifically, it appears that he drove off the south edge of Grand Avenue in the 700 block, at a high rate of speed, and then veered into the opposing westbound lanes in the 800 block, striking the motorcyclist. The coroner will announce an official cause of death, but at this point we believe that the motorcyclist was killed as a result of the traffic collision. The young man’s vehicle also struck a parked vehicle in that same block.
Immediately after the accident, we believe that the young man exited his vehicle with the backpack and the long gun, and at one point was seen by a witness aiming the gun in a southwesterly direction. Evidence would indicate that he fired the gun at least one time, possibly striking an occupied vehicle that had stopped for the accident.
The suspect then began walking away from the scene of the accident, with gun still in hand. Officers responded to the accident scene, but we also began getting reports from a number of witnesses advising us of the suspect’s direction of travel. In general, it appears that he walked in a northeasterly direction, ultimately arriving in the area of 10th Street, between Gunnison and Hill, on the east side of Washington Park.
Parked at that location, facing south on the west side of 10th Street, was an SUV occupied by a woman and her two children, waiting for another one of her children who was at soccer practice in Washington Park. Numerous kids were in the park at that soccer practice. The woman observed a male subject with a gun approaching her vehicle and she obviously became alarmed. As she began to make an effort to start the car and leave, the subject contacted her at her vehicle and forcefully ordered all of them out of the car. They did what they were told, and began to flee from the vehicle.
At about that time, which was at about 5:57 p.m., officers from the Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Colorado State Patrol began arriving in the area, having received updates from citizens calling our Communication Center. From just across the street, they engaged the subject who was standing at the carjacked vehicle, and an officer-involved shooting resulted. The subject was treated at the scene, transported to St. Mary’s hospital by the Grand Junction Fire Department, and died a short time later.
No one else, including first responders, was injured in this incident. We are not yet able to name the officer who was involved, pending additional interviews; however he is a 17-year veteran of the Grand Junction Police Department, and he also had prior police experience at another agency as well.
As we noted last night, we are not searching for any more suspects, and there is no additional public safety threat. Thankfully, this incident ended before any further tragedy could ensue.
As noted earlier, the entire incident is being investigated by the multi-jurisdictional Critical Incident Response Team, made up of investigators from agencies throughout the valley, and in consultation with the District Attorney’s Office. The fatal traffic incident in the 800 block of Grand Avenue was investigated by the Colorado State Patrol, in coordination with the CIRT team. We also received crime scene assistance from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
This is a highly complex investigation, and a short time ago, the CIRT team put out a news release asking for the community’s assistance in locating any additional witnesses or video related to the crime scenes at 8th and Grand, or at 10th and Hill. If you have any information that you think would be helpful, or if you happen to have video from your home, business, or telephone, please contact the Team at a phone number that has been specifically set up for that purpose. That phone number is: 970-244-3526. As in any case, you may also call CrimeStoppers at 241-STOP, or 241-7867.
We wish to express our condolences to the families of the two individuals who lost their lives yesterday. What are incidents and new stories to us, are deeply personal tragedies to these families, and we want to acknowledge the grief that they must be suffering.
The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team is asking for the public’s help in locating any witnesses to either the car crash at N. 8th Street and Grand Avenue or the shooting at N. 10th Street and Hill Avenue. Both of these incidents happened on May 19th between 5:30 and 6:00 pm.
If you, or someone you know, was a witness to either of these incidents, knows someone who was a witness, have security video of the area, or have phone video of either incident, please call 970-244-3526. Please leave a message and a detective will contact you as soon as possible.
At about 6:00 am, the Grand Junction Police Department and Grand Junction Fire Department were sent to 28 1/4 Road and Orchard Avenue on a report of a GVT bus roll over crash. An investigation showed a bronze sport utility vehicle was going South bound on 28 1/4 Road at Orchard and a GVT bus with eight people in it was West bound on Orchard Avenue. The SUV failed to stop for a red light and broadsided the GVT bus, causing it to flip onto its side.
A total of six people were transported to area hospitals for a variety of non-life threatening injuries.
The use of drugs and or alcohol on the part of the driver of the SUV is being investigated as contributing to the cause of this crash.
The intersection of 28 1/4 Road and Orchard Avenue will be closed until about 8:00 am.
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The Grand Junction Police Department and the Grand Junction Fire Department are currently working on a vehicle crash involving a bus at the intersection of 28 1/4 Rd and Orchard Ave. Please avoid the area for your morning commute if possible, we will share more information as it becomes available.
On May 19, at about 5:50 p.m., officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the area of 8th St. and Grand Ave. for a reported multi-car crash. Officers found one person deceased at that scene, and began searching for a subject who had fled with a weapon. Near 10th St. and Gunnison Ave., a carjacking occurred, followed immediately thereafter by an officer-involved shooting. The suspect at that scene later died of his injuries. This is a highly complex investigation, with multiple crime scenes being processed simultaneously, and numerous witnesses and victims being interviewed.
There will be further information available tomorrow after the initial interviews and crime scene processing has been completed. A press briefing will happen sometime during the afternoon of May 20; time and location to be announced in the morning.
There are no outstanding suspects, and no additional safety concerns at this time.