Wednesday, February 3, 2021

DA Review of CIRT Investigation Complete

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information on behalf of the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).

The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) has completed its investigation of the
October 11, 2020 officer-involved shooting and turned it over to the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The review of the investigation is complete and the findings can be viewed here.

All officer-involved shootings in Mesa County are investigated by the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team, which is comprised of representatives of the Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Fruita Police Department, Palisade Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Department of Corrections, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation. CIRT is activated when a law enforcement agency is involved in a critical incident to ensure an independent investigation. Because Grand Junction Police Department personnel was involved in this incident, the Mesa County Sheriff's Office is leading this investigation on behalf of CIRT.

Both officers involved have returned to work, however, one officer is still recovering from injuries sustained during the incident and is performing transitional duties until cleared for full duty.

For previous press releases about this incident, click here.