Monday, May 11, 2020

CIRT Investigation Update

MESA COUNTY, Colo -  On the morning of Saturday, May 9th, 2020 a Colorado State Patrol Trooper responded to a report of a person exhibiting odd behavior in the area Hwy 50 and 29 Road. The initial report to 911 indicated the person was standing in the same position for a couple of hours, not moving. When a citizen approached and asked the person if they needed help, they did not answer or acknowledge their presence.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. the Trooper attempted to speak with the 33-year-old male near the side of Highway 50. The man began to act aggressively and brandished an approximately 10-inch knife. Ultimately an officer involved shooting occurred. The involved male is deceased and the Trooper is not injured.

The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) are continuing to interview multiple witnesses of the odd behavior first reported as well as witnesses to the subsequent officer involved shooting. Investigators are reviewing several sources of video that captured various aspects of the incident. Work continues to process and analyze evidence in this case to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Investigators are seeking the identities of several potential witnesses believed to be in the area during the time of the incident. Please take a look at the attached photos of vehicles and people seen in the area of the Orchard Mesa Market gas station. Investigators are looking to speak with these individuals to determine if they are potential witnesses to this incident.

If you know who these potential witnesses may be, or have information about this case please call the MCSO Witness Tip Line at (970) 244-3526.

The Critical Incident Response Team would like to thank the public for providing information about this incident.

To view the previous press release about this incident click here. To view the Mesa County Coroner's press release click here.

Motorcycle driver getting gas
Woman in green, dark hair
Dodge, Temporary Tags, Female Driver

Silver Dodge Ram  

Male driver of Saturn
Black sedan, Male passenger
Red older F150, bike in bed.