At approximately 2:30pm on Thursday afternoon, a reporting party called the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center from an apartment building in the 500 Block of Colorado Avenue and stated that their neighbor was screaming and throwing items out a second story window. A short time later, dispatch received another call from a second reporting party who stated that the same subject had sprayed them with bear spray and threatened another male with a knife.
Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to the area immediately and through a history search of the address, were able to locate a possible name and phone number for the subject. Officers made repeated attempts to contact the subject by phone and loud hails utilizing a public address system, but were unsuccessful. During the loud hails, the subject could be heard saying that he had a gun but was otherwise unresponsive to officers’ commands.
Colorado Avenue was closed to traffic from 5th Street to 6th Street, and an emergency notification was sent to residents in the surrounding area, requesting that they shelter in place. Officers contacted several residents in the apartment building to safely evacuate them. During the evacuation process, it was discovered that the subject was stabbing a knife through the wall of the apartment he was believed to be in. The GJPD SWAT team was called out to assist, as well as SWAT operators with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.
Concurrently with operations on scene, officers began working on a search warrant and an arrest warrant for the subject involved and both warrants were signed by a judge. An apprehension team then successfully entered the apartment and was able to take the subject into custody without further incident. The subject is identified as Adam Clefe, age 35, of Grand Junction. Clefe will be cleared by medical personnel and then transported to the Mesa County Detention Facility on numerous charges, including felony menacing, assault, and criminal mischief.
Numerous GJPD officers responded to this incident, as well as Mesa County Sheriff Office’s SWAT operators, medical personnel with the Grand Junction Fire Department, and an Incident Dispatch Team with the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center. Critical incidents like this one are complex and require a large presence of law enforcement personnel to address the safety needs of everyone involved. For anyone who may have experienced a long delay when they called for help for unrelated issues while this incident was unfolding, thank you for your patience and understanding.