On Saturday, August 8, in a joint effort between the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Anthony James Romero, 23, was arrested for the shooting on July 31 in the Riverside neighborhood, in which the victim was shot in the face.
The Grand Junction Police Department received information that Romero was in the area of Riverside shortly after 8:00pm on Saturday night. The Street Crimes Unit of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle Romero was reported to be driving, and the vehicle fled. After a short pursuit, Romero was taken into custody by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office on charges of vehicular eluding, possession of an illegal weapon, driving under restraint, and reckless driving.
Further investigation was conducted by the Grand Junction Police Department after Romero was in custody, which resulted in additional charges of assault in the first degree and attempted second degree murder, in relation to the shooting in the Riverside neighborhood on July 31.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation tells us that 95 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2014.
That’s 95 families who lost a spouse, a sibling, a parent, a child.
Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) feels that impact. They are a national, non-profit organization that has been around since 1984, and currently has over 30,000 members. They provide resources and support to families and co-workers who have been affected by a line of duty death. C.O.P.S. also provides training to law enforcement personnel on how to respond, should such a tragic loss befall their agency.
Last weekend, the annual C.O.P.S. Outward Bound Adventure group arrived in Grand Junction, and some employees with the Grand Junction Police Department had the honor of spending time with them on the first night of their excursion. The group is made up of young men and women, ages 15-20, who have lost a parent due to a line of duty death. This year, the group of 51 kids will spend a week whitewater rafting in Canyonlands National Park in Utah. According to the C.O.P.S. website (www.nationalcops.org), the program is designed to help surviving children “build self-esteem with a group of peers who understand what it is like to lose a law enforcement parent to a line-of-duty death.”