At approximately 11:30pm on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office responded near Anna Court and William Drive on Orchard Mesa, after receiving information that a wanted subject may be in the area. The subject was 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 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, 51-year-old Ruben Sena, was transported from the scene by medical personnel for treatment of gunshot wounds to the shoulder and arm. After being medically cleared, Sena was transported to the Mesa County Detention Facility for charges of First Degree Assault, Felony Criminal Mischief, Resisting Arrest, and Obstruction, as well as unrelated warrants. Because Sena’s case is still pending, he is presumed innocent of any charges at this time. The deputy who was struck by the vehicle was transported to the hospital for medical evaluation, and was released with minor injuries.
As with any officer involved shooting, the 21st Judicial District 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, was responsible for the investigation of this incident.
The CIRT investigation was completed and turned over to the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office. Deputy Stuckenschneider, the deputy involved in the incident, has returned to work. District Attorney Dan Rubinstein has completed his review of the investigation, and and his findings can be reviewed here.
We are grateful for the professional and comprehensive collaboration of law enforcement in Mesa County.