On Monday, September 23rd, at approximately 1:00pm, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were in the wooded area behind Glacier Ice Arena, attempting to contact an adult male known to have outstanding warrants for his arrest. While officers were looking in the area for the male suspect, a dog ran toward the officers, barking and displaying aggressive behavior, and ultimately charged at one of the officers. That officer discharged their duty weapon one time, striking the dog and killing it. We are working with Mesa County Animal Control to attempt to identify the owner of the dog, who was not wearing tags. No one else was injured during this incident.
We are saddened by this outcome. Although we haven’t yet identified the home of the dog, our sympathies are with the owners; however, the safety of people, including our officers, is always our top priority.
As with any incident involving the discharge of a duty weapon, this incident will be reviewed internally to ensure that all Grand Junction Police Department policies and procedures were followed.