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.
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.
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.