Attached is the warrant containing additional charges for Austin Patrick Holzer, DOB 04/11/98, for which he was arrested on Monday, February 15. Holzer was originally arrested for shooting Deputy Derek Geer, of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, on Monday, February 8. Holzer was initially arrested as a juvenile, for attempted murder. Deputy Geer later died as a result of those injuries. This investigation has been turned over to the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).
As a result of the investigation by CIRT, the original juvenile charges are being dismissed by the District Attorney’s Office, and Holzer was arrested on the following charges as an adult:
1. Murder in the 1st Degree of a Peace Officer (1 felony), in violation of CRS 18-3-102 and 18-3-107
2. 1st Degree Assault (3 Felony) in violation of CRS 18-3-202 (3 counts)
3. 1st Degree Criminal Trespass (5 felony) in violation of CRS 18-4-502 (1 count)
4. Tampering with Evidence (6 felony) in violation of CRS 18-8-610
5. Failure to register as a sex offender (6 felony) in violation of CRS 18-3-412.5 (1 count)
6. Defacing a Firearm (2 misdemeanor) in violation of CRS 18-12-104 (1 count)
7. Possession of a defaced firearm (1 misdemeanor) in violation of CRS 18-12-103
8. Theft (2M) in violation of CRS 18-4-401 (3 counts)
9. Possession of a handgun by a juvenile (2 misdemeanor) in violation of CRS 18-12-108.5
10. Unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon (2 misdemeanor) in violation of CRS 18-12-105
11. Direct File, CRS 19-2-517 (l)(a)(I) Juvenile is 16 years of age or older at the time of the commission of the alleged offense, and is alleged to have committed a class 1 felony
You can read the warrant in its entirety by clicking on the following link. Witness information and specific medical details have been redacted.
The Critical Incident Response Team is comprised of the following agencies: Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Fruita Police Department, Palisade Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office ,Colorado Department of Corrections and Colorado Bureau of Investigation. It is generally activated when a law enforcement agency is involved in an incident to ensure a neutral, impartial and thorough criminal investigation of these incidents is conducted.