Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Update: One dead in Fruitvale shooting

9/29/20 Update: The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office has completed its investigation in the August 8th, 2020 Fruitvale shooting and turned it over the 21st District Attorney’s Office for review.

On September 28th, 2020, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office received a letter from District Attorney Dan Rubinstein declining prosecution based on the Colorado "Make-my-day" statute, C.R.S. 18-1-704.5. View the letter here.

Update: The Mesa County Coroner's Office released the following statement:

"The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Fredrick Price, a 23-year-old male resident of Grand Junction, Colorado. Mr. Price was the male involved in the shooting that occurred on August 8, 2020 in the 600 block of Grand Valley Drive Grand Junction, Colorado. The cause of death is gunshot wound of the chest and the manner of death is homicide. Toxicology is pending at this time.

The law enforcement agency overseeing this investigation is the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. Please contact them for any further details regarding this case."

MESA COUNTY, Colo: On 08/08/20 at approximately 2:45 am, deputies were dispatch to a residence in the 600 block of Grand Valley Drive for a shooting. 

A male was found deceased inside of the home and had suffered a gunshot wound. Initial investigation has shown the deceased male does not live at the home, forced entry was present into the home and the deceased male is not known to the people who reside there.

Investigators are interviewing the residents, speaking with neighbors, processing the scene and will work closely with the Mesa County Coroner’s Office to identify the deceased. The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of death.

If anyone has any information about the case, please call the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 970-244-3526.

This case remains under investigation.