On Tuesday, October 1st, at approximately 4:20am, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a report of a male in the roadway near 29 Road and North Avenue with injuries to his face and head. Officers and medical personnel arrived on scene, and the male was transported to the hospital, where it was determined he had been shot.
Through the course of the investigation, officers were able to identify a suspect. Law enforcement responded to a possible address associated to the suspect, and observed the suspect leave the address, driving a silver passenger car. When a marked patrol unit attempted to contact the suspect, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed. A short pursuit ensued, and the vehicle ultimately crashed in the area of 32 ½ Road and E Road. The suspect fled from the vehicle on foot. Two passengers in the vehicle, an adult female and a one year old child, were not injured in the crash. Law enforcement was ultimately able to apprehend the suspect in a field near D 7/8 Road and Gentle Winds Court.
The suspect, Malcolm Martin, age 25, of Grand Junction, was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility for offenses including Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (F3), 1st Degree Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Vehicular Eluding, Reckless Endangerment, Child Abuse, and Reckless Driving.
A booking photo of Martin from a previous arrest is included.
This is yet another example of the thorough collaboration of law enforcement in Mesa County. We appreciate the hard work of our officers and the cooperation and assistance of other dedicated law enforcement partners in Mesa County.