On Sunday, February 2, 2020, shortly after 8:30pm, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the TA Express truck stop at 2222 Highway 6 & 50 on a report of a shooting that had just occurred. Information provided to dispatch indicated that there was a male subject on the ground in the parking lot, and a second male was also injured. Upon arrival, officers located one adult male with multiple apparent gunshot wounds. Despite rescue efforts, the male was pronounced deceased at the scene. A second adult male was also contacted at the scene with an apparent gunshot wound to his leg. That male was transported to the hospital by medical personnel with the Grand Junction Fire Department. His injuries were serious, but he is expected to survive.
The business and the surrounding area were quickly locked down, and a large presence of law enforcement responded, including personnel with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol. A perimeter was set up, the scene was secured, and witnesses were interviewed. A suspect was not located at the scene.
Shortly before 10:00pm, officers with the Fruita Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 400 Block of Birchwood Street, where they contacted a male who was ultimately determined to be the suspect in the shooting incident.
Christopher Rizo, 29, of Grand Junction, was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility for charges of Murder in the First Degree (F1), Attempted Murder in the First Degree (F2), Tampering with Physical Evidence (F6), two counts of Aggravated Robbery (F3), two counts of 2nd Degree Kidnapping (F2), and two counts of Menacing (F5). The affidavit in this case is currently sealed. We are not releasing the booking photo of the suspect at this time as this investigation is ongoing and detectives continue to interview witnesses. We are not seeking any additional suspects in this incident.
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will be responsible for releasing the identity of the deceased victim in this case.