On Friday, July 17th, 2020, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and the Fruita Police Department responded to a report of a felony menacing in the 1100 block of E. Carolina Avenue. The reporting party stated that an adult male, who she identified as her boyfriend, had threatened her with a handgun. When deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Fruita Police Department arrived on scene, they attempted verbal contact with the subject, who failed to comply with orders and was ultimately shot by law enforcement.
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 any officer involved shooting in Mesa County. Because their personnel were involved in this incident, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and the Fruita Police Department did not participate in this investigation.
The CIRT investigation was completed and turned over to the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Dan Rubinstein has completed his review of the investigation, and his findings can be reviewed here. All four law enforcement officers have returned to work.
We appreciate the trust and patience of the public, while we ensure a thorough investigation into incidents like this one is completed.