Arrest Made in 1600 North Avenue Incident #GVCopBeat

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cuffsAn arrest has been made in the incident that occurred yesterday at 1600 North Avenue.

The investigation by the multi-jurisdictional Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) has led to the arrest of 20 year old Michael Camacho. After medical treatment for non-life threatening injuries, Camacho was transported to the Mesa County Jail on charges of First Degree Assault on a Peace Officer, a class three felony, and Menacing, a class five felony. Camacho is being held on a $10,000 bond.  A booking photo for Camacho is not available at this time.

(Assault in the First Degree can be charged when, “with intent to cause serious bodily injury upon the person of a peace officer…, he or she threatens with a deadly weapon a peace officer…engaged in the performance of his or her duties”).

kennedy%2c-codyThe officer involved in this incident is Corporal Cody Kennedy, who has served with the Grand Junction Police Department since 2005. Corporal Kennedy is a member of our SWAT team, as well as a training officer for our department. His photo is attached.

Corporal Kennedy remains on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an internal investigation. The criminal investigation into this incident by the CIRT team is ongoing.

Update to Incident at 1600 North Avenue #GVCopBeat

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IMG_0390Earlier this afternoon, we posted a brief statement on our Facebook page regarding an incident that occurred today in the 1600 Block of North Avenue.  Following are some additional details regarding that incident.

We can now confirm that the initial call for this incident, which came in shortly after noon, was from an individual who said his neighbor had accidentally shot himself in the chest. It was then stated that the neighbor may have been playing with a bullet that “exploded.” The reporting party stated that the injured neighbor was believed to be intoxicated, and it was unknown if this was possibly a suicide attempt. The reporting party stated that the injured man had walked back to his own apartment, after asking the reporting party to call an ambulance. The reporting party also observed that the subject had a gun in his hand.

When officers arrived on scene, they were able at various points to observe the subject with what appeared to be a gun in his hand. Officers were able to make verbal contact with the male, but the male was not compliant with officer’s instructions.

At one point during this incident when the subject was outside, an officer with the GJPD did discharge at least one round from a firearm. It is unknown at this time if the subject was struck, or if his injuries were sustained prior to the arrival of law enforcement. Less lethal rounds were also deployed at some time during the incident. Ultimately, the subject did comply with officers, and was detained without further incident. The subject was transported to the hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening, but the extent is unknown. There were no other injuries to anyone else involved.

As in any officer involved shooting, the multi-jurisdictional Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) has been convened, and they will conduct the criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting. The Grand Junction Police Department will conduct a parallel Internal Affairs review of the incident as well. The officer involved, an 11-year veteran of the GJPD, has been placed on Administrative Leave pending the outcome of the Internal Affairs review, as is standard protocol in such an incident.

Join us for Coffee with a Cop on Friday! #ShareGJ

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coffeeThe Grand Junction Police Department would like to welcome our community to join us for a Coffee with a Cop event on Friday, October 7, from 7am to 10am, at Randy’s Southside Diner on Orchard Mesa (2704 South Highway 50).

The Coffee with a Cop initiative began in Hawthorne, CA, in 2011, and has been adopted by law enforcement agencies in all 50 states, as well as around the world.  The program is intended to provide a way to interact with our community members and to build trust with the citizens we serve.  As Chief Camper often says, “We can’t wait for a crisis to introduce ourselves.”

There is no agenda for our Coffee with a Cop event.  We just encourage people to drop by Randy’s, say hello, ask questions, share concerns, or simply talk about mutual goals we have for our community.  The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is also hosting an event on the same day, at the McDonalds in Clifton, from 9:30am to 11am.  We look forward to meeting you!

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

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Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspect that stole items from Kohl’s Department Store located at 636 Market Street on Tuesday, July 19th around 3 p.m.

Security cameras captured a Hispanic male in his late 30’s. He wore blue jeans with a yellow plaid shirt and blue baseball cap. The suspect was last seen leaving on a bicycle. The security photo of the male suspect can be viewed at http://www.241stop.com.

If you know the identity or location of the subject involved in this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at http://www.241stop.com.

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Resident Awoken by Stranger in Her Home #GVCopBeat

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cuffsEarly this morning, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a home in the downtown area on a report of an unknown male in the residence.

The homeowner reported that a male had just broken into her home.  Officers arrived on scene within minutes and detained an adult male who was seated on the floor near the front door, and was later identified as Randy White, 27.  White showed numerous indicators of intoxication, and claimed that this was his grandmother’s house.  White was not known to the victim.

The victim reported that she was asleep in her bed when she was awoken by someone shaking her shoulders and saying, “Mom, wake up.”  The victim was able to lead the man downstairs with her, where she called 911.  The victim stated that the window in her backdoor had been removed, which is where White is believed to have gained entry into her home.

White was arrested and transported to the Mesa County Jail, on charges of 1st Degree Criminal Trespass of a Dwelling (F5) and Criminal Mischief (M2).

We want to commend this homeowner for her quick thinking and composure in what must have been a frightening situation.

 

 

Crime of the Week #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

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16-54483This week Crime Stoppers of Mesa County needs your help in locating the suspect involved in taking a wallet from an elderly man.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10th, Grand Junction Police were dispatched to a robbery call in the 1900 block of North Avenue. The 79 year old male victim was found assaulted outside his hotel room. The security photo of the male suspect can be viewed at http://www.241stop.com.

If you know the identity or location of the subject involved in this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at http://www.241stop.com.

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Update on Crash at Riverside Parkway and 29 Road This Morning #GVCopBeat

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Cropped Badge-Transparent BackgroundAt 6:40am, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a crash at the intersection of 29 Road and Riverside Parkway.  Preliminary investigation indicates that an adult female, driving a Smart car, was eastbound on Riverside Parkway and was preparing to turn northbound on 29 Road when she collided with a truck that was traveling westbound on the Parkway, driven by an adult male.  The female was transported to the hospital where, we are sad to report, she died from injuries sustained in the crash.  The male driver was uninjured.  No one has been charged in this accident, and the investigation into cause and circumstances is ongoing.  The identity of the deceased will be released by the Mesa County Coroner’s Office.

Traffic in the area was shut down for approximately four hours this morning, as officers investigated and mapped the scene.  Traffic is now open in all directions.  If anyone witnessed the crash this morning, please call our Investigations division at (970)549-5200.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends who lost a loved one in this tragic incident.