Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Arrest made in I Road Homicide

Mark Anthony Foster, 61
MCSO Photo
MESA COUNTY, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff's Office Investigators have obtained an arrest warrant for Mark Anthony Foster, 61, in connection with the October 23rd, 2019 homicide of 59-year-old Roxine Foster.

Foster is facing the following charges:
  • Murder in the First Degree (Class 1 Felony)
  • Attempt to Influence a Public Servant (Class 4 Felony)
  • Domestic Violence
The afternoon of October 23rd, 2019 deputies responded to a 911 call from Foster advising his wife had been shot by an unknown person. Roxine Foster was found deceased when deputies arrived at the couple’s property on the 2200 block of I Road.

Foster was arrested and taken into custody Tuesday evening. He is currently being held at the Mesa County Detention Facility on a No Bond Hold.

For previous press releases about this case click here.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Woman rescued from the Colorado River

MESA COUNTY, Colo – At approximately 12:30 Sunday morning Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a woman in crisis who jumped into the Colorado River near 32 ½ Road.

Deputies found the 28-year-old female stuck on the far side of the riverbank about a half between the 29 Road Bridge and Corn Lake.

The Clifton Fire Department immediately worked to launch a boat in the river to reach her. In the meantime, fearing she would slip further down river, one deputy put on a life jacket and swam across the river with a rope.

The deputy was able to reach the woman and help keep her safe until the rescue boat arrived.

Both the woman and deputy were uninjured, however they were transported to the hospital to be treated for exposure. Overnight temperatures were in the upper 30s.

The Grand Junction Fire Department and Grand Junction Police Department also assisted with the rescue.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public there are free confidential and immediate support available 24/7 for anyone who needs it.
Colorado Crisis Services: Text “Talk” to 38255, call 844-493-8255, or visit coloradocrisisservices.org

Crisis Text Line: Text “Start” to 741741 or visit crisistextline.org

Friday, March 27, 2020

Rumor Control: NO documents need for Essential Travel in Mesa County


Local law enforcement wants to be very clear; NO documents are needed to go to work or do essential travel under Stay at Home order in Mesa County.

We have received questions from the community asking if critical employees traveling to and from work need an official document to prove they do in fact work for a critical service.

1. No, you do not need a document of any kind. Neither law enforcement nor Mesa County Public are issuing such documents.

2. If you are a critical employer, thank you for working during this time. You do not need to issue a document to your employees.
3. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Grand Junction Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Fruita Police Department and Palisade Police Department are NOT stopping people driving out in the community specifically in regards to the Stay at Home order.

4. Law enforcement is operating under the presumption people who are out in the community are doing activities that are necessary and permissible under the Governor's Stay at Home order.

This also applies to people who are doing essential travel such as but not limited to going to the grocery store, picking up children from childcare, taking care of a loved one, getting medical care, etc.

For the full list of what is considered a critical business and essential travel under the Governor's Stay at Home order, click here.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Additional COVID-19 Operational Impacts


The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office priority remains focused on the health and safety of our community, staff and those in our care.  As a result of the Governor’s order to stay at home and public health recommendations, additional enhanced safety measures have been implemented.

If you have an emergency call 911.

Records Lobby and Services

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Records Lobby will be closed effective March 26, 2020.  All services performed by Sheriff’s Office Records through person-to-person contact are temporarily suspended.

Request for records in accordance with the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act, C.R.S. 24-72-301 and the Colorado Open Records Act, C.R.S. 24-72-201 can be submitted electronically. You can download the request form online and email requests to so-records@mesacounty.us.  

Individuals with Concealed Handgun Permits (CHPs) that are recently expired or nearing their expiration date will receive a letter from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office extending the expiration date of their permit at no additional cost. 

Records staff will also be available by phone (970) 244-3500 during normal business hours.

The Civil Unit will remain open for emergency orders following direction from 21st Judicial District Court.  This includes temporary protection orders. The Civil Unit can be accessed through the Detentions Lobby during normal business hours.

Detention Lobby

The Detention Lobby will remain open to facilitate the release of inmates and attorney-client video visits.  The public is encouraged to stay at home and alternatively use online services for inmate fund deposits.

All of the current operational modifications at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office are listed for your convenience online at https://sheriff.mesacounty.us/covid19/

Thank you for your cooperation while we work together to prevent unnecessary possible exposure to COVID-19 or any other illnesses.

Deputies involved in OM officer-involved shooting identified

Deputy Shaver Hansen
Deputy Jason Bailey

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is identifying the two MCSO deputies involved in the officer-involved shooting that occurred in the evening of March 17, 2020.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies who discharged their duty firearm during this incident are Deputy Jason Bailey, and Deputy Shaver Hansen.

Deputy Jason Bailey is a 4-year veteran of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. He is a member of the MCSO SWAT team, a Firearms Instructor and is a patrol liaison to the Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s on Patrol volunteer program. Deputy Bailey is currently assigned to patrol.

Deputy Shaver Hansen is a 3-year veteran of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. He is a member of the MCSO SWAT team, a Firearms Instructor and is a recipient of the Life Saving Award. Deputy Hansen is currently assigned to patrol.

As per standard protocol, Deputy Jason Bailey, and Deputy Shaver Hansen will remain on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation that takes place independently of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) investigation.

Two Grand Junction Police Department officers were also involved in the incident. To view the Grand Junction Police Department release click here.
The officer-involved shooting remains under investigation by the Critical Incident Response Team. For the information about the CIRT investigation click here.