At approximately 11:13 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020, officers with the Fruita Police Department and deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of a felony menacing in the 1100 block of E Carolina Avenue. The reporting party stated an adult male, whom she identified as her boyfriend, had threatened her with a handgun. The adult subject failed to comply with orders and ultimately was shot by law enforcement. Although officers rendered aid until medical personnel arrived, the adult subject was pronounced deceased on scene. No law enforcement officers were injured.
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, 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 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 Grand Junction Police Department at (970) 549-5200.