On November 24th, 2018, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a suspicious incident, possibly involving a wanted subject, at 29 ½ Road and Patterson. An involved vehicle was described as an older model black Ford Mustang. The vehicle was later seen by an off-duty MCSO deputy in the area of 29 Road, near the I-70 overpass. This information was aired to on-duty law enforcement personnel. A deputy with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office located the suspect vehicle and attempted contact with the occupants. The driver of the Mustang reportedly almost struck the deputy with the vehicle. The deputy fired his weapon and the vehicle fled the scene. No one was injured in this incident.
Rocky Cannett, age 29, was later arrested for charges of Attempted First Degree Assault on Peace Officer (4F), Vehicular Eluding (5F), Tampering with Physical Evidence (6F), Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF4), and Obstruction of a Peace Officer (2M). On Friday, April 5th, Cannett was sentenced to prison for charges resulting from this incident, as well as other unrelated cases.
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, 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 Love, 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 value the trust of the public and appreciate their patience while we ensure a thorough investigation into incidents like this one is completed.