DA Review of CIRT Investigation Complete #GVCopBeat

Posted on

CIRT horizontalAt 6:42pm on Saturday, March 23rd, deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in the 2900 Block of Bunting Avenue on a report of a suicidal male with a gun. Deputies arrived on scene and located the adult male, who was holding a shotgun. During the incident, deputies fired shots at the male, who then retreated back inside the residence. The male was ultimately found inside the home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The male was pronounced dead at the scene. 

As with all officer involved shootings in Mesa County, 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.  All deputies involved in this incident have returned to work.  District Attorney Dan Rubinstein has completed his review of the investigation, and and his findings can be reviewed here.

One thought on “DA Review of CIRT Investigation Complete #GVCopBeat

    Christina Phelan said:
    June 3, 2019 at 10:12 am

    I understand the need for page transparency to the public but I feel that posting the whole report with pictures of the deceased individual holding the gun in his mouth crossed the line. I work with a close relative of Keith and this posting was how they found out that the investigation was concluded, the family had no prior contact regarding this particular matter and this is how she found out, opening her Facebook to unexpectedly see pictures of her only brother holding a shotgun in his mouth, tearing her wound of grief wide open again, when she was finally able to smile again since this tragedy ripped her life into pieces. This family has suffered immensely through this unforeseen ordeal and your actions of posting all of this on a social media outlet has only made it a million times worse and honestly you should be ashamed of yourselves, by posting this to social media to help yourselves you are just actively contributing to the societal rot that currently exists and spreading mistrust in the authorities. I support you guys and know your job isnt even close to easy, but this has disgusted me.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s