Update to Officer Involved Shooting #GVCopBeat

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Two Grand Junction Police Department officers were involved in an officer involved shooting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  Both officers, along with two deputies from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, discharged their weapons.

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Officer Thomas Nelson

Officer Thomas Nelson is a patrol officer who started with our agency in 2013.  Officer Nelson’s collateral assignments include defensive tactics instructor and field training officer.

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Officer Tom Wihera

Officer Tom Wihera joined the Grand Junction Police Department in 2016.  Officer Wihera currently serves as a patrol officer, with collateral assignments of field training officer and SWAT operator.  Officer Wihera is also a veteran of the United States Navy.

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.

9 thoughts on “Update to Officer Involved Shooting #GVCopBeat

    Katie said:
    March 26, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    My thoughts are with these officers during this difficult time. Thanks to all our police officers who put their lives on the line to protect us.

    tinyroo2010 said:
    March 26, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    these officers need to be taken off our police force permanently and taken off the streets of Grand Junction!!!
    Steve Alire was not armed and they shit him 8 times in the torso!!! They did aim fir an arm or leg. They shot to kill and it was uncalled for and an overkill by trigger happy hot heads!!!
    We do not need cops like these !!

    tinyroo2010 said:
    March 26, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Get these killers off our police force and off our streets!! They are not protection – they are trigger happy killers. They did not aim for a foot or an arm – they put 8 bullets into Steve Alire’s torso!!
    They are killers – we do not need cops like them on our street!!

    tinyroo2010 said:
    March 26, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Get the killers off our police force and off our streets. They didn’t aim for this man’s arm or leg – they put 8 bullets in his torso and he was not armed.
    They are trigger happy, hot heads and apparently just wanted to kill an innocent person without using other methods to subdue him.
    Steve Alire was a great guy and wouldn’t hurt a soul. These so called cops deserve to be i. Prison like other killers!!!

    leohaber said:
    March 27, 2020 at 2:43 am

    If the suspect wasnt armed why not use a taser.

    leohaber said:
    March 27, 2020 at 2:46 am

    Why not a taser instead of gun if he wasnt armed

    Milton L Tilley III said:
    March 27, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Our justice system is junk. These men should have received a raise and put back to work!!! I really appreciate officers like this.

      tinyroo2010 said:
      March 27, 2020 at 9:29 pm

      These officers should never return to amy police department or any street. They are trigger happy and could have done things way way different. A good man died because of 4 cops who didn’t take the time to subdue an unarmed man!!
      Get them out of the police fir e, off our streets and out of our city.

    ross transmeier said:
    July 6, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    When is this investigation going to end? Are officers still on leave?

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