At 2:45pm on Monday afternoon, a 9-1-1 call came into the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center, reporting a felony menacing that had just occurred in the area of N. 12th Street and Patterson Road. The victim stated that a male driving a maroon and silver Chevy truck nearly struck the victim’s vehicle and that the driver then pointed a gun at the victim, who was driving in a separate vehicle with his family.
Officers responded to the area and began searching for a vehicle matching the description provided by the victim. A matching vehicle was located near North Avenue and N. 12th Street, approximately nine minutes after the initial call came in. Officers initiated a traffic stop, and the vehicle eventually stopped near N. 15th Street and Kennedy Avenue. The driver disregarded commands from officers to turn off the vehicle and instead got back in the truck and fled the scene. Due to the reported involvement of a firearm, officers pursued the vehicle and ultimately implemented a PIT maneuver, or Pursuit Intervention Technique, near the area of N. 15th Street and Ptarmigan Ridge. The male was given repeated commands, which he disobeyed. Officers used less lethal impact rounds on the suspect, but he continued to ignore their commands. The suspect proceeded to remove his clothing and attempted to reach into his vehicle, at which point an officer tackled the suspect and detained him without further incident. A firearm was located inside the suspect’s vehicle.
One officer was evaluated on scene by medical personnel for minor injuries sustained during the incident. The suspect was transported to the hospital for medical clearance. Once medically cleared, he will be remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility on pending charges including felony menacing and eluding.