On Thursday afternoon, shortly after 1:30pm, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a report of a felony menacing in the 600 Block of Ouray Avenue. It was reported to the 9-1-1 dispatchers in the Grand Junction Regional Communications Center that a male had pointed a handgun at the victim in a residence in the area. The victim had since left the scene, uninjured.
Officers arrived at the location and contacted the victim, who stated that he was at the residence gathering some belongings when he was approached by another male who lives at the address and is known to him. The suspect allegedly held a handgun to the victim’s chest for several seconds before putting the weapon down. The victim left the address immediately.
Officers swiftly set up a perimeter around the residence and placed Chipeta Elementary, East Middle School, as well as other schools and child care facilities in the area, into shelter in place. They attempted phone contact with the suspect, and ultimately used a PA system to order the suspect out of the residence. The suspect ultimately complied and was taken into custody without further incident at approximately 3:45pm. During an initial protective sweep and subsequent execution of a search warrant for the residence, officers located a loaded handgun and ammunition, tactical vests, suspected methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. The suspect was determined to be a previously convicted felon. A search of the serial number on the handgun revealed that it was reported stolen.
The suspect in this case, 21 year old Tyrone Gibson, was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility on charges including Possession of a Controlled Substance (DF4), Felony Menacing (F5), Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender (F5), Violation of a Protection Order (M2), Theft (M3), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (DPO).
We recognize that situations like this are not only scary for residents in the area, as well as parents of children in neighboring schools, but can also be disruptive to routines and travel. We appreciate the patience and support of our community as our officers work to make sure everyone involved is safe.