At approximately 11:30pm on Tuesday night, deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office responded near Anna Court and William Drive in Orchard Mesa, after receiving information that a wanted subject may be in the area. The subject is known to be wanted for failure to register as a sex offender out of New Mexico, as well as failure to register as a sex offender and attempt to influence a public servant out of Mesa County. Upon arrival, deputies located a vehicle matching the description of the car the wanted subject was associated with, and observed a person in the car who they believed may be the individual they were looking for. Deputies attempted contact with the occupant of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle crashed into one or more vehicles belonging to law enforcement in an apparent attempt to flee and also struck a deputy who had exited his vehicle. A second deputy fired his weapon at the subject, injuring him. The wanted subject, a 51-year-old male, was transported from the scene by medical personnel for treatment of gunshot wounds. His injuries are serious, but unknown to what extent at this time. The deputy who was struck by the vehicle was transported to the hospital for medical evaluation, and has since been released.
As with any officer involved shooting, the 21st Judicial Critical Incident Response Team, comprised of representatives of the 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 State Parole, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation, is responsible for the investigation of this incident.
No additional suspects are being sought at this time. No arrests have been made. The wanted subject in this incident is currently receiving medical care. Charges may be forthcoming pending medical clearance. Law enforcement continues to process the scene of this incident for additional evidence. Residents in the area may see an increased presence of law enforcement personnel over the next several hours, although access to the area is not expected to be impacted. Members of the Critical Incident Response Team will conduct interviews of all witnesses and involved persons in this case over the coming days. Additional details will be released as appropriate, with sensitivity to the ongoing investigation.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will be responsible for releasing the name of the involved deputy. As per their agency’s policy, the deputy will be placed on administrative leave.
Anyone who heard or witnessed this incident, as well as anyone who has security cameras that may have captured all or part of these events, is encouraged to contact the Investigations Unit of the Grand Junction Police Department at (970)549-5200 to speak with a detective.