Sunday, July 30, 2017

Man arrested after shooting in Gateway

GATEWAY, Colo -  Rick Whited, 54, was arrested Sunday evening after reports of an active shooter in Gateway.

At 4:16 several law enforcement agencies responded to reports of a male shooting at cars passing by on Highway 141 from a truck parked a half mile north of the Gateway Canyons General Store.

Gateway Canyons Security Guards were the first on the scene. They engaged in gunfire with Whited and were able to pin him down until reinforcements arrived. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Grand Junction Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Bureau of Land Management, and Montrose County Sheriff's Office all responded.

Whited was detained and arrested. He sustained minor injuries from the incident. No one was shot.

No civilian injuries were reported. At least one car was damaged.

An emergency notification went out to 106 homes in the area to advise them to shelter in place with windows and doors locked during the incident. The shelter in place has been lifted.

Highway 141 was closed for a couple of hours while the Mesa County Sheriff's Office investigated. It has since opened to traffic.

Whited will be transported to the Mesa County Detention Facility.