One Person Dead in Grand Junction Officer Involved Shooting
One man is dead following a police shooting Tuesday evening in Grand Junction.
Just after 7:00pm Tuesday, Grand Junction Police responded to a report of a "felony menacing" on Orchard Mesa. An adult male had reportedly brandished a knife and a gun at a group of juveniles who were playing basketball at Orchard Mesa Middle School. Police say the man then went into a nearby residence in the 300 block of 27 3/8 road.
Police officers were able to identify the possible suspect and tried to contact the man by phone and also attempted to order the man out of the house. A shelter in place notification was sent out to 126 registered addresses in the area. At one point, the man exited the residence with what appeared to be a firearm. After failing to comply with police orders, the man, ultimately, was shot. Officers on the scene provided medical aid until an ambulance arrived. The man was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
No officers were injured in the incident, and as with all officer-involved shootings, the officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted.
The coroner will release the identity of the man as well as the manner and cause of death once appropriate notifications have been made.
The Grand Junction Police Department is asking anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward as well as anyone in the area who may have security camera footage that could be helpful in the investigation. Tips and information can be given to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation at 970-248-7499.