In the early morning hours of October 18, 2018, a trooper with the Colorado State Patrol contacted a vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Rite Aid drugstore at 30 Road and Patterson. The vehicle was occupied by an adult male and an adult female. The vehicle attempted to flee, and a collision occurred with the trooper’s patrol vehicle. The male exited the vehicle and was detained by the trooper, and the female fled the scene in the car.
Deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle nearby and a short pursuit of the vehicle ended near F ¾ Road and 31 Road. Initial reports indicated that a deputy with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office fired a shot that struck the female suspect in the hand. The female was detained and transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The deputy sustained a minor injury to his hand and was treated and released. After being cleared medically, the suspect, Deziree Fisher, age 40, was arrested and remanded to jail for charges including Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF4), Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF1), Eluding a Police Officer, Reckless Driving, Resisting Arrest (M2), Tampering with Physical Evidence (F6), and Driving on a Revoked License.
This incident was investigated by the Critical Incident Response Team, 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, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation. It is generally activated when a law enforcement agency is involved in a critical incident to ensure a complete and accurate investigation.
The CIRT investigation was completed and turned over to the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office. Deputy Jones, the deputy involved in the incident, has returned to work. District Attorney Dan Rubinstein has completed his review of the investigation, and his finding can be read here.
We are grateful for the professional and comprehensive collaboration of law enforcement in Mesa County.