Tuesday, October 23, 2018

One arrested after early morning shooting

Photo of MCSO Patrol Car
involved in incident
CLIFTON, Colo – At 2:07 Tuesday morning, Mesa County Sheriff deputies initiated a traffic stop on a white GMC truck in the area of 30 Road and D Road. The vehicle did not stop and jumped a curb in a nearby neighborhood. Deputies continued to follow the vehicle as it traveled through Clifton.

A short time later, deputies attempted to stop the same vehicle in the area of Lombardy Lane and it failed to stop. Deputies pursued. The driver of the vehicle fired several rounds at the pursuing deputies while driving.

A bullet went through the windshield of a Mesa County Sheriff patrol vehicle and hit the dashboard on the driver’s side. The deputy sustained a minor injury.

Deputies performed a tactical vehicle intervention (TVI) to bring the vehicle to a stop in the area of 33 ½ Road and D ½ Road. Less lethal rounds were deployed. A female passenger was detained and sustained minor injuries. She was treated on scene by medical personnel.

The male driver fled on foot. As a result, a community notification was sent out to 224 homes in the area of 32 ½ to 33 ½ road and D ½ to E Road with instructions to shelter-in-place. Members of the Mesa County Sheriff and Grand Junction Police SWAT Teams responded to help search for the suspect. Colorado State Patrol, Fruita Police Department and Palisade Police Department also assisted.

At approximately 4:00 a.m. the male suspect was located in a garage on the 3300 block of D ½ Road and was taken into custody without incident.

The shelter-in-place was lifted at 4:05 a.m. D ½ Road remained closed for several hours between 33 and 33 ½ Road while the incident was investigated and evidence was collected. It is now open.

The 28-year-old female passenger is cooperating with the investigation. She was interviewed by investigators and has been released.

The male driver is identified as 26-year-old Gabriel Milligan of Grand Junction. Milligan was arrested on the following charges:
  • Criminal Attempt to Commit First Degree Murder (Class 2 Felony) 
  • First Degree Assault on a Peace Officer Threatening with a Deadly Weapon (Class 3 Felony) 
  • Second Degree Assault with Injury with a Deadly Weapon (Class 4 Felony) 
  • Felony Menacing (Class 5 Felony) 
  • Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender (Class 6 Felony) 
  • Vehicular Eluding (Class 5 Felony) 
  • Illegal Discharge of a Firearm into an Occupied Vehicle (Class 5 Felony) 
  • Trespassing related charges 
  • Traffic related charges 
This case is still under investigation.

Milligan is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond information on any inmate currently in our jail, visit our Inmate Locator.

A booking photo will be released when available.