Two Grand Junction Police officers were involved in an officer-involved shooting on Friday, June 14, 2019. Both officers discharged their duty weapons during this incident.
Officer Thomas Nelson is a patrol officer who started with our agency in 2013. Officer Nelson’s collateral assignments include defensive tactics instructor and field training officer.
Officer Chris Wood joined the Grand Junction Police Department in 2018, after serving as a police officer in Tucson, Arizona, for six years, where he also served on their SWAT team. He currently serves as a patrol officer.
As is standard protocol with any officer involved shooting, both officers are currently on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of an internal investigation, which takes place separately from the criminal investigation being conducted by the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team. This incident remains under investigation by CIRT. Information previously released regarding this incident can be found here.