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Wanted Subject from CIRT Investigation Identified #GVCopBeat

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SENAThe 21st Judicial Critical Incident Response Team has authorized the identification of the wanted subject in the officer involved shooting that took place last night.

Ruben Sena, age 51, remains in the hospital receiving medical care for his injuries.  He is in stable condition and will be remanded into custody upon medical clearance for multiple warrants.  Sena is wanted out of Mesa County for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Attempt to Influence a Public Servant.  He is also wanted for additional sex offender registration violation charges out of New Mexico.  Additionally, officers have obtained a signed warrant for the arrest of Sena for charges related to last night’s incident, including First Degree Assault, Felony Criminal Mischief, Resisting Arrest, and Obstruction.  The warrant in this case has been sealed.

A previous booking photo of Sena is included here.

Previous releases related to this incident follow below.

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The wanted subject from this incident remains in medical care, and is in stable condition.  Law enforcement anticipates that he will be remanded into custody for his outstanding warrants upon his medical clearance.  Additional charges from last night’s incident are pending, as well.  The identity of the suspect, as well as any additional charges, will be released once he is medically cleared and is in custody.

The multi-agency critical incident response team continues to investigate and details are subject to change as the investigation unfolds.  At this time, we believe that only one deputy fired his weapon.  We believe the wanted subject was shot twice; once in the shoulder and once in the arm.

The scene of the incident was cleared early this morning.  Interviews with witnesses and individuals involved will continue in the coming days.  We are not seeking any additional suspects in this case, nor is there any ongoing danger to the community related to this incident.

We encourage anyone who saw what happened this morning to reach out to law enforcement via the Grand Junction Police Department Investigations Unit at (970)549-5200.

The original release regarding this incident is included below.

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At approximately 11:30pm on Tuesday night, deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office responded near Anna Court and William Drive in Orchard Mesa, after receiving information that a wanted subject may be in the area.  The subject is known to be wanted for failure to register as a sex offender out of New Mexico, as well as failure to register as a sex offender and attempt to influence a public servant out of Mesa County.  Upon arrival, deputies located a vehicle matching the description of the car the wanted subject was associated with, and observed a person in the car who they believed may be the individual they were looking for.  Deputies attempted contact with the occupant of the vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle crashed into one or more vehicles belonging to law enforcement in an apparent attempt to flee and also struck a deputy who had exited his vehicle.    A second deputy fired his weapon at the subject, injuring him.  The wanted subject, a 51-year-old male, was transported from the scene by medical personnel for treatment of gunshot wounds.  His injuries are serious, but unknown to what extent at this time.  The deputy who was struck by the vehicle was transported to the hospital for medical evaluation, and has since been released.

As with any officer involved shooting, the 21st Judicial 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, Colorado State Parole, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation, is responsible for the investigation of this incident.

No additional suspects are being sought at this time.  No arrests have been made.  The wanted subject in this incident is currently receiving medical care.  Charges may be forthcoming pending medical clearance.  Law enforcement continues to process the scene of this incident for additional evidence.  Residents in the area may see an increased presence of law enforcement personnel over the next several hours, although access to the area is not expected to be impacted.  Members of the Critical Incident Response Team will conduct interviews of all 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 Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will be responsible for releasing the name of the involved deputy.  As per their agency’s policy, the deputy will be placed on administrative leave.

Anyone who heard or 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 Investigations Unit of the Grand Junction Police Department at (970)549-5200 to speak with a detective.

Update to CIRT Investigation #GVCopBeat

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image-2The wanted subject from this incident remains in medical care, and is in stable condition.  Law enforcement anticipates that he will be remanded into custody for his outstanding warrants upon his medical clearance.  Additional charges from last night’s incident are pending, as well.  The identity of the suspect, as well as any additional charges, will be released once he is medically cleared and is in custody.

The multi-agency critical incident response team continues to investigate and details are subject to change as the investigation unfolds.  At this time, we believe that only one deputy fired his weapon.  We believe the wanted subject was shot twice; once in the shoulder and once in the arm.

The scene of the incident was cleared early this morning.  Interviews with witnesses and individuals involved will continue in the coming days.  We are not seeking any additional suspects in this case, nor is there any ongoing danger to the community related to this incident.

We encourage anyone who saw what happened this morning to reach out to law enforcement via the Grand Junction Police Department Investigations Unit at (970)549-5200.

The original release regarding this incident is included below.

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At approximately 11:30pm on Tuesday night, deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office responded near Anna Court and William Drive in Orchard Mesa, after receiving information that a wanted subject may be in the area.  The subject is known to be wanted for failure to register as a sex offender out of New Mexico, as well as failure to register as a sex offender and attempt to influence a public servant out of Mesa County.  Upon arrival, deputies located a vehicle matching the description of the car the wanted subject was associated with, and observed a person in the car who they believed may be the individual they were looking for.  Deputies attempted contact with the occupant of the vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle crashed into one or more vehicles belonging to law enforcement in an apparent attempt to flee and also struck a deputy who had exited his vehicle.    A second deputy fired his weapon at the subject, injuring him.  The wanted subject, a 51-year-old male, was transported from the scene by medical personnel for treatment of gunshot wounds.  His injuries are serious, but unknown to what extent at this time.  The deputy who was struck by the vehicle was transported to the hospital for medical evaluation, and has since been released.

As with any officer involved shooting, the 21st Judicial 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, Colorado State Parole, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation, is responsible for the investigation of this incident.

No additional suspects are being sought at this time.  No arrests have been made.  The wanted subject in this incident is currently receiving medical care.  Charges may be forthcoming pending medical clearance.  Law enforcement continues to process the scene of this incident for additional evidence.  Residents in the area may see an increased presence of law enforcement personnel over the next several hours, although access to the area is not expected to be impacted.  Members of the Critical Incident Response Team will conduct interviews of all 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 Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will be responsible for releasing the name of the involved deputy.  As per their agency’s policy, the deputy will be placed on administrative leave.

Anyone who heard or 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 Investigations Unit of the Grand Junction Police Department at (970)549-5200 to speak with a detective.

CIRT Activated to Investigate Officer Involved Shooting #GVCopBeat

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image-2At approximately 11:30pm on Tuesday night, deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office responded near Anna Court and William Drive in Orchard Mesa, after receiving information that a wanted subject may be in the area.  The subject is known to be wanted for failure to register as a sex offender out of New Mexico, as well as failure to register as a sex offender and attempt to influence a public servant out of Mesa County.  Upon arrival, deputies located a vehicle matching the description of the car the wanted subject was associated with, and observed a person in the car who they believed may be the individual they were looking for.  Deputies attempted contact with the occupant of the vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle crashed into one or more vehicles belonging to law enforcement in an apparent attempt to flee and also struck a deputy who had exited his vehicle.    A second deputy fired his weapon at the subject, injuring him.  The wanted subject, a 51-year-old male, was transported from the scene by medical personnel for treatment of gunshot wounds.  His injuries are serious, but unknown to what extent at this time.  The deputy who was struck by the vehicle was transported to the hospital for medical evaluation, and has since been released.

As with any officer involved shooting, the 21st Judicial 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, Colorado State Parole, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation, is responsible for the investigation of this incident.

No additional suspects are being sought at this time.  No arrests have been made.  The wanted subject in this incident is currently receiving medical care.  Charges may be forthcoming pending medical clearance.  Law enforcement continues to process the scene of this incident for additional evidence.  Residents in the area may see an increased presence of law enforcement personnel over the next several hours, although access to the area is not expected to be impacted.  Members of the Critical Incident Response Team will conduct interviews of all 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 Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will be responsible for releasing the name of the involved deputy.  As per their agency’s policy, the deputy will be placed on administrative leave.

Anyone who heard or 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 Investigations Unit of the Grand Junction Police Department at (970)549-5200 to speak with a detective.

Utah Man Arrested for Kidnapping, Sex Assault on a Child #GVCopBeat

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On Thursday, December 6, at approximately 7:38pm, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a report of a panic alarm in the area of the 600 Block of 26 Road that had been activated from a cell phone. Dispatchers with the Grand Junction Regional Communications Center were able to track the alarm from the cell phone signal.

Officers responded to the area where the signal was coming from, near Hayes Drive and Miranda Street, and located a passenger car parked in a dark location on the street. The windows of the vehicle had a dark tint on them, and the license plate was also obscured by a dark tinted cover.

Officers shone a spotlight on the vehicle to check for occupants. The front seat was unoccupied, but what appeared to be an adult male could be seen in the back seat. When officers approached the vehicle, the adult male could be seen climbing from the back seat into the front seat of the vehicle. The male attempted to put the keys into the ignition of the vehicle, at which time officers yelled commands for the male to put his hands on the steering wheel. The male complied and was asked to exit the car, which he did.

The adult male was detained, and a juvenile male was located in the backseat of the car. The juvenile male was interviewed by police and stated that he had met a male he believed to be 13 or 14 years of age via a social media app called “Kik.” After communicating for several days, the male messaged the victim and said he was in town and wanted to meet with the victim. They agreed on a location to meet, and when the victim walked to the location, an adult male, identified as the suspect, approached in a vehicle, called the victim by name, and told the victim to get in the car. The victim got in the vehicle, and immediately activated an emergency alarm on his phone. Approximately 13 minutes elapsed from the time the alarm activation call came into dispatch to the time officers located the car.

SMITHThe suspect, identified as Aaron Scott Smith, age 47, of Utah, has a criminal history showing numerous felony convictions related to sexual crimes against children. Smith was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail on charges of Internet Luring of a Child (F5), First Degree Kidnapping (F2), Enticement of a Child (F4), Sexual Assault on a Child (F4), Unlawful Sexual Contact without Consent (M1), Obstructing a Peace Officer (M2), and Vehicle Plates Not Clearly Visible.

We’re grateful the victim had the presence of mind to utilize the tools he had available to call for help so law enforcement could locate him. We urge parents to talk to their children about the way they use social media, what they’re accessing on the internet, and have important conversations about how to stay safe. It’s imperative that kids have a trusted adult they can talk to and ask questions when exposed to information and applications that can create dangerous situations for them.

GJPD On Scene of Pedestrian Versus Vehicle Crash on I-70 #GVCopBeat

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#UPDATE: The pedestrian is deceased. The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will be responsible for releasing the identity of the deceased after appropriate next of kin notifications have been made.

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Shortly after 6:30 this evening, personnel with the Grand Junction Police Department, the Grand Junction Fire Department, the Colorado State Patrol, and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on I-70.  Upon arrival, first responders located an adult female who had been struck by a semi truck.

Details are subject to change as the investigation unfolds, but preliminary information suggests the female was walking on the right shoulder of the eastbound lanes of I-70 near the 26 1/2 Road overpass when she was struck. The driver of the semi truck stayed on scene and is cooperative with law enforcement. We are not able to confirm the extent of the injuries to the pedestrian at this time.  Additional details will be released as they become available.

Drivers should expect intermittent closures of eastbound I-70 in the area of the incident this evening as the scene is investigated and cleared.  Please plan an alternate route if you are out in that direction tonight.  If you are driving in the area, please drive slowly, as emergency personnel are on scene.

Crash Results in Fatality #GVCopBeat

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Shortly after 6:30pm, the Grand Junction Police Department and the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a two vehicle crash on the 29 Road overpass over the I-70 Business Loop.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a Jeep SUV, driven by an adult male, may have lost control, possibly due to poor road conditions caused by precipitation and cold temperatures. The Jeep, which was traveling southbound on 29 Road, appears to have crossed the median into the northbound lanes of traffic, where it was struck by a Ford truck, driven by an adult female driver. The driver of the Jeep was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the truck was not injured. The cause of the collision remains under investigation. The overpass, including 29 Road from Teller Avenue to D 1/2 Road, is closed in both directions.

As temperatures turn colder and road conditions can quickly deteriorate, we urge drivers to slow down and exercise caution on the roadways.

Update in October Officer Involved Shooting Investigation #GVCopBeat

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image-2In the early morning hours of October 18, 2018, a trooper with the Colorado State Patrol contacted a vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Rite Aid drugstore at 30 Road and Patterson. The vehicle was occupied by an adult male and an adult female. The vehicle attempted to flee, and a collision occurred with the trooper’s patrol vehicle. The male exited the vehicle and was detained by the trooper, and the female fled the scene in the car.

Deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle nearby and a short pursuit of the vehicle ended near F ¾ Road and 31 Road. Initial reports indicated that a deputy with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office fired a shot that struck the female suspect in the hand. The female was detained and transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.  The deputy sustained a minor injury to his hand and was treated and released.  After being cleared medically, the suspect, Deziree Fisher, age 40, was arrested and remanded to jail for charges including Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF4), Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF1), Eluding a Police Officer, Reckless Driving, Resisting Arrest (M2), Tampering with Physical Evidence (F6), and Driving on a Revoked License.

This incident was investigated by the Critical Incident Response Team, comprised of the following agencies: 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. It is generally activated when a law enforcement agency is involved in a critical incident to ensure a complete and accurate investigation.

The CIRT investigation was completed and turned over to the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office.  Deputy Jones, the deputy involved in the incident, has returned to work.  District Attorney Dan Rubinstein has completed his review of the investigation, and his finding can be read here.

We are grateful for the professional and comprehensive collaboration of law enforcement in Mesa County.