Officer Discharges Duty Weapon, Dog Killed #GVCopBeat

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GJPD-Badge-Police-Officer transparentOn 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.

5 thoughts on “Officer Discharges Duty Weapon, Dog Killed #GVCopBeat

    Sergio romo t said:
    September 23, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Safety first

    Beth said:
    September 23, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    This story just creeped me out. Here’s why…
    On Saturday afternoon between 5-5:30 pm my 14 yr old daughter and I were walking on the path behind the Glacier Ice Arena. We saw a creepy looking man with long hair riding a bike and pushing a second one coming from the south and he stopped off the path just out from the north west corner of the building and stood there while we walked east on the path. We didn’t go very far and turned around before the paved path ended. I didn’t want to go any farther because I just got an uneasy feeling of my surroundings. When we got back to the spot where the man had stopped he was gone and nowhere to be seen. I remember thinking “where’s the other person for the second bike?” I know one thing, I will never feel safe walking that area again!

    Jaynie said:
    September 23, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Good for the officer.

    Beth said:
    September 24, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    I wrote a long reply to this yesterday and it isn’t there now. Why?

    Robert Henrikson said:
    September 24, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    If the Officers that patrol our parks also keep an eye out for unlicensed and dogs who don’t have rabies tags,these episodes will lessen. A homeless people don’t own dogs, only the rift rats do.

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