The Grand Junction Police Department is identifying the officer who discharged his weapon in the officer-involved shooting that occurred on Sunday, February 2, 2020.
Officer Zach Diaz is a patrol officer who started with our agency in 2017. Prior to his employment with our department, Officer Diaz served as a POST certified campus safety officer at Colorado Mesa University for two years.
As is standard protocol with any officer involved shooting, Officer Diaz is currently on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of an internal investigation, which takes place separately from the criminal investigation being conducted by the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team. This incident remains under investigation by CIRT. Information previously released regarding this incident can be found here.