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Posted on: January 25, 2023

CIRT Activated to Investigate Officer-involved Shooting

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The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) has released preliminary information about an officer-involved shooting that occurred on 01/24/23 involving the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

On 01/24/23, at approximately 7:50 pm, deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office tried to apprehend a male with a Felony Arrest Warrant, at 2842 North Avenue, and an officer-involved shooting occurred.

The subject was transported to the hospital by emergency medical personnel, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. No officers were injured in this incident.

It is important to note that this investigation is in the early stages, and this preliminary information is subject to change. Members of the Critical Incident Response Team will conduct interviews of witnesses and involved persons in this case over the coming days. Additional details will be released as appropriate, with sensitivity to the ongoing investigation.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will be responsible for releasing the name of their involved deputy. As is standard protocol with any officer-involved shooting, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputy involved is currently on paid administrative leave. An internal investigation will take place separately from the criminal investigation being conducted by the CIRT. This incident remains under investigation by the CIRT.

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, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Colorado Department of Corrections-Division of Adult Parole, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The CIRT is activated when a law enforcement agency is involved in a critical incident to ensure an independent investigation. Because Mesa County Sheriff’s Office personnel were involved in this incident, the Grand Junction Police Department is leading this investigation on behalf of the CIRT.

There is no ongoing threat to the community and there is no further information at this time.

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