Wednesday, May 20, 2020

DA Review of CIRT Investigation Complete

MESA COUNTY, Colo – The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) has completed its investigation of the May 9th, 2020 officer involved shooting and turned it over to the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Dan Rubinstein has completed his review of the investigation, and his findings can be reviewed here.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. 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 and was possibly a mannequin. When a citizen approached and asked the person if they needed help, they did not answer or acknowledge their presence.

The Trooper attempted to speak with the person near the side of Highway 50. The person began to act aggressively and brandished an approximately 10-inch knife. Ultimately, an officer involved shooting occurred. The involved person, identified as Jayson Thompson of Arizona, is deceased and the Trooper is not injured.

As with all officer-involved shootings in Mesa County, the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), comprised of representatives of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Junction Police Department, Fruita Police Department, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, was responsible for the investigation of this incident.

For previous releases about this incident click here.