Shortly before 2:00am on Thursday morning, officers attempted contact with two subjects at 2615 Patterson Road. Theodore Sheppard, 40, was believed to be staying at the residence and was known to have multiple felony warrants for his arrest, for charges including drugs, vehicular eluding, and assault.
Upon contact with the male and female subjects outside of the residence, the male ran from officers and entered the home. Due to the information regarding the warrants and Sheppard’s lengthy criminal history, as well as recent criminal activity linked to the address, including a reported robbery and possible weapons violations, officers made the decision to escalate attempts to apprehend Sheppard. Members of the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team were called in, as well as negotiators and the Incident Dispatch Team. Attempts were made to call Sheppard, as well as to communicate with him via social media. Loud speakers were used to order Sheppard out of the residence. A shelter in place call went out to phone numbers within a quarter of a mile of the address, and St. Mary’s Hospital was notified, as well. After several hours of unsuccessful attempts at compliance from Sheppard, SWAT was able to apprehend him, and shortly after 6:30am, he was taken into custody without further incident.
Sadly, when Sheppard finally exited the residence, a small dog escaped and ran into the road, where it was hit by a car and killed.
Sheppard was remanded to the Mesa County Jail for the warrants. Additional charges from this incident are pending. It is unknown if Sheppard is linked to previous criminal activity at this address, and those investigations are ongoing. A current booking photo for Sheppard is not available at this time. The female subject with Sheppard may also face charges for knowingly aiding a wanted subject.
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