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One Person Detained After Report of Subject with a Gun Near School #GVCopBeat

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img_2299-5At 11:20am today, a reporting party called 911, stating that there was a male in the parking lot of Grand Junction High School with a gun. The school was placed into lockdown and law enforcement with the Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and Colorado State Patrol responded to the area immediately, along with School District safety personnel. West Middle School and Colorado Mesa University, including Little Mavs Daycare, were placed into lockdown, and Tope Elementary was put in shelter in place, due to their proximity to the location of the incident.

Arriving officers located a subject matching the description of the suspect running on foot from the area. The suspect was located in a nearby alley and detained approximately seven minutes after the initial call came in. The gun, which the suspect had dropped during the foot pursuit, was located and was found to be a BB gun replicated to look like a real handgun. Once the suspect was detained, all schools were released and began the transition back to normal operations. The suspect, a juvenile male, was transported to the Grand Junction Police Department. This investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.

Parents, lockdowns can be scary. Please be sure to talk with your students about what they might have experienced today. A school safety video that shows what happens when a school is placed in lockdown or shelter in place can be found here.

GJPD Officer Involved in Vehicle vs Pedestrian Crash #GVCopBeat

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img_2299-5Shortly after 6:30am today, an off-duty police officer with the Grand Junction Police Department was on his way to work in his department issued passenger car when he struck a 14 year old female pedestrian at the intersection of Kluge Avenue and West Eighth Street in Palisade. The officer called 911, and EMS personnel with Palisade Fire responded and transported the female to the hospital. The extent of her injuries is unknown, but not expected to be life threatening.

The officer is fully cooperating with the investigation, which is being handled by the Palisade Police Department, in cooperation with the Colorado State Patrol. As per our standard protocol, an internal investigation will be completed by our agency, as well. Any further details regarding the investigation of the collision will come from the investigating agencies.

Arrest Made in Weapons Violation in the Redlands #GVCopBeat

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mastenOfficers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a house in the 300 Block of Rodell Drive on Friday night, shortly before 6:30pm.  Due to prior calls for service, officers were aware that the male occupant of the house had multiple firearms and had previously been uncooperative with law enforcement contact.  The reporting party in this incident stated that guns were being fired inside the home, and that the male subject was making statements threatening to shoot law enforcement if they responded to the house.

A shelter in place emergency notification went out to homes in the area, asking residents to stay inside.  SWAT teams with the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s office responded, as well.  Numerous attempts at contact with the male inside the home were made, but the male was not cooperative.  Ultimately, the male subject did exit the home and surrendered to police without further incident.  No one was injured.

Christopher Masten, age 33, of Grand Junction, was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility for charges of Illegal Discharge of a Firearm (F5) for shooting a firearm into an occupied residence, Prohibited Use of a Weapon (M2) for using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, and Reckless Endangerment (M3).

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Citizen Report Leads to Arrest of Fugitive Sex Offender #GVCopBeat

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img_2299-5A good example of “see something, say something…”

This morning, the Grand Junction Police Department received a call from a manager of a local grocery store.  The manager wanted to report that an adult male had been in their store repeatedly and had made unwanted advances toward several female employees, making the employees feel uncomfortable and uneasy.  The employees decided to do a little proactive research on the male and, through an internet search of the name he’d provided, were able to determine that he was a sex offender.

The manager called the police department to share this information and to ensure that the male was in compliance with his registration requirements.  He was not.  The male has a lengthy history of violent crimes, including rape and bank robbery, and was very much out of compliance with his registration requirements in Boulder County, which was where he was supposed to be residing.

Thankfully, these employees paid attention to their intuition and called us.  With the information they provided, officers were able to locate the suspect, Bruce Cook, 66, at a motel on Horizon Drive and arrest him for four outstanding warrants, including one for Failure to Register.  When the male was contacted, he was found to have suspected methamphetamine, resulting in additional charges of Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility.  As of this post, a current booking photo of Cook was not available.

We’d like to be able to be everywhere, all the time, and prevent crime from happening, but that’s not possible.  So, when savvy citizens like the ones we worked with today partner with us to ensure their work, their neighborhood, and their community are safe, it’s a win.

Arrest Results from Lockdown of Hospital This Morning #GVCopBeat

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Detectives with the Grand Junction Police Department have made two arrests related to the incident that resulted in the lockdown of Mind Springs Health for several hours this morning.

BUSTOSSalminieo Bustos, 44, of Grand Junction, was arrested for charges of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF4), Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender (F6), and Special Offender (DF1).  Bustos was not located in the hospital after an extensive search and evacuation of the building, but was contacted this afternoon in the area of 29 1/2 Road and Patterson Road and detained at that time.  Further investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident led to his arrest.

HUBBARDAdditionally, at the time Bustos was arrested, he was with a woman who was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine.  Mitzy Hubbard, 43, of Grand Junction, was also arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail on charges of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF4) and Possession with Intent to Distribute (DF2).

Previous booking photos of Bustos and Hubbard are attached.  An earlier release regarding this incident follows below.

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Shortly after 10:30am, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to Mind Springs Health on a report of an armed subject inside the hospital. Officers immediately responded to the area and the hospital was locked down. Additionally, Nisley Elementary and Bookcliff Middle School were put in shelter in place. An emergency notification went out to registered phone numbers for addresses within a quarter mile radius of the hospital to shelter in place, as well.

Personnel with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, as well as SWAT teams with both the GJPD and the MCSO, responded to assist. The hospital was searched and cleared by law enforcement and the subject was not located. Ultimately, the perimeter around the hospital was cleared and returned to normal operations. The shelter in place orders were also released.

Officers worked with witnesses and hospital personnel to positively identify the subject. Shortly before 2:00pm, officers with the GJPD were able to make contact with the male subject in the area of 29 1/2 Road and Patterson. The male has been detained for further investigation. We are not looking for any additional subjects related to this incident and there is no further safety threat to the community.

Report of Weapons Violation Results in Hospital Lockdown #GVCopBeat

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Shortly after 10:30am, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to Mind Springs Health on a report of an armed subject inside the hospital. Officers immediately responded to the area and the hospital was locked down. Additionally, Nisley Elementary and Bookcliff Middle School were put in shelter in place. An emergency notification went out to registered phone numbers for addresses within a quarter mile radius of the hospital to shelter in place, as well.

Personnel with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, as well as SWAT teams with both the GJPD and the MCSO, responded to assist. The hospital was searched and cleared by law enforcement and the subject was not located. Ultimately, the perimeter around the hospital was cleared and returned to normal operations. The shelter in place orders were also released.

Officers worked with witnesses and hospital personnel to positively identify the subject. Shortly before 2:00pm, officers with the GJPD were able to make contact with the male subject in the area of 29 1/2 Road and Patterson. The male has been detained for further investigation. We are not looking for any additional subjects related to this incident and there is no further safety threat to the community.

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.