CIRT Activated to Investigate Officer Involved Shooting #GVCopBeat

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image-2Shortly after 7:00pm on Tuesday evening, March 17, 2020, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a report of a felony menacing that occurred on Orchard Mesa.  The reporting party stated that an adult male subject had brandished a knife and a gun at a group of juveniles who were playing basketball at Orchard Mesa Middle School.  The male was then reported to have gone inside a nearby residence in the 300 Block of 27 3/8 Road.

Multiple officers responded to the area, including several Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies who arrived to assist.  Officers were able to identify a possible suspect based on the information they obtained on scene.  Attempts to reach the suspect by phone were unsuccessful.  Law enforcement also attempted loud hails, ordering the suspect out of the house.  A shelter in place notification was sent out to 126 contacts for registered addresses in the area.  At one point, the suspect exited the residence with what appeared to be a firearm.  The suspect failed to comply with orders from officers and, ultimately, was shot by law enforcement on scene.  No officers were injured.  Officers rendered aid until medical personnel arrived on scene.  The suspect was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will be responsible for releasing the identity of the deceased, as well as the cause and manner of death, after appropriate notifications have been made.

As with all officer involved shootings in Mesa County, the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team comprised of representatives of the Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Fruita Police Department, Palisade Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Colorado State Parole and Colorado Bureau of Investigation, is responsible for the investigation of this incident.

Members of the Critical Incident Response Team will conduct interviews of witnesses and involved persons in this case over the coming days. Additional details will be released as appropriate, with sensitivity to the ongoing investigation. The Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will be responsible for releasing the names of their involved personnel. The officers will be placed on administrative leave, as is standard protocol.

Anyone who witnessed this incident, as well as anyone who has security cameras that may have captured all or part of these events, is encouraged to contact the Colorado Bureau of Investigation at (970)248-7499.

No further updates are expected to be released before Friday, March 20th.

9 thoughts on “CIRT Activated to Investigate Officer Involved Shooting #GVCopBeat

    Felix Maldonado said:
    March 18, 2020 at 1:53 am

    appeared to be a weapon hmmm. wat is this shoot n kill now n ask questions later. wat a crock it shud clear an appearent that it was a weapon. their excuse is goin to be it was reasonable that it was a weapon.

    Bob Ross said:
    March 19, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    These punks had multiple choices of non lethal ways to take this guy down . They can take down school shooters without killing them but not sum 50 year old man who was being hasseled buy 20 year old punks fuck grand junction police the DA and mesa county sherrifs no wonder no one trust these swines . Give em a badge and now they have the trainging and know how of when to pull the trigger. And everyone acts like just cause geer got shot trying to defuse the situation. Everyone is different. They do have Alot of nonleathal stuff to use that is never considered. Punk ass cops will get a raise more then likely at the cost of the tax dollars that came from people like steves paycheck

    Bill Sanders said:
    March 20, 2020 at 11:03 am

    How many shots were fired? Who was involved in the shooting? How many? Was a gun retrieved from the scene? Any attempt at negotiating?

    […] As is standard protocol with any officer involved shooting, both officers are 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. […]

    David Tollefson said:
    March 31, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Steve Alire was shot in cold blood. I am his neighbor and recorded everything

      It don’t matter said:
      June 1, 2020 at 11:09 pm

      Isn’t it crazy how this incident has just went away.. nothing has been herd of since… Where is the justice?? Why is it okay for cops to kill innocent people And get away with it???? Wether it was an accident or not you still did it ITS STILL MURDER !!! He was a great man and the assholes that lied to the cops about what happened should be charged as well… Grand Junction’s law enforcement are out of control these days… Where is the CIRT report people???

      RandomNiceGuy said:
      June 16, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      Do you still have the footage of this event? If so I am working on a project that would love to see it.

    ross transmeier said:
    April 24, 2020 at 5:48 am

    Many citizen that knew Steve are awaiting the official word on this shooting. We have not forgotten. Where is the CIRT report? I hope these trigger happy shooters are not on the street.

    Mary Haremza said:
    August 1, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Why haven’t we heard any more information on this officer involved shooting? Where is the transparency?

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