Fruita Cancels Tonight’s Basketball Game
Last night's shooting incident raises safety concerns.
Police and SWAT were dispatched Thursday night to a shooting incident at a home near the Fruita-Monument High School. As a safety precaution, tonight's scheduled basketball game has been canceled and rescheduled for Saturday, February 17th. The JV games will start at 11 AM, Girls Varsity will start at 12:30 PM and the Boys Varsity will tip-off at 2 PM. All the games will be played at Fruita Monument High School.
Shortly after 10 PM last night Fruita Police responded to reports of gunshots at a residence in the 900 block of 19 Road. A suicidal male suscept barricaded himself inside the home forcing the closure of 19 Road and J Road. There were shots fired but no reports of any injuries.
School District 51 sent several emails, texts, and robocalls informing parents that today security at the school had been increased as a precautionary mesure. Later this afternoon, District 51 dicided to cancle tonights game and reschedle them for Saturday.
Below is a portion of the news release sent to media and parents this afternoon:
"Out of an over-abundance of caution, tonight’s basketball game between Grand Junction High School and Fruita Monument High School has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. Junior Varsity games will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, Girls Varsity will start at 12:30 p.m. and Boys Varsity will start at 2 p.m. at Fruita Monument High School. Additional law enforcement, school personnel, and security officers will be at the game as a precaution, and having it during the day is also a safer alternative to a night game."
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