Saturday, May 9, 2020

CIRT activated for an officer involved shooting

MESA COUNTY– On May 9th, 2020 shortly after 09:00 a.m., a Colorado State Trooper was involved in an officer involved shooting on Highway 50 and 29 Road in Mesa County. The Trooper was not injured in the incident and a single suspect is deceased.

The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is investigating the shooting. Traffic in the area is being diverted for the investigation. Expect delays for an extended period, so please avoid area.

Members of the Critical Incident Response Team will conduct interviews of all witnesses and involved persons in this case over the coming days. Additional details will be released as appropriate, with sensitivity to the ongoing investigation.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will be responsible for releasing the identity of the deceased, as well as the cause and manner of death, after appropriate notifications have been made.

The Colorado State Patrol will be responsible for releasing the names of their involved personnel. The Trooper will be placed on administrative leave, as is standard protocol.

The CIRT is seeking information about this incident. Anyone who witnessed or has video of this incident is asked to call the MCSO Witness Tip Line at (970) 244-3526.

The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is comprised of the following agencies: Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Fruita Police Department, Palisade Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation. It is generally activated when a law enforcement agency is involved in a critical incident to ensure a complete and accurate investigation.