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Posted on: January 30, 2023

CIRT: Arrest Made in the North Avenue Officer-Involved Shooting

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The Grand Junction Police Department is releasing the following information on behalf of the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).

The investigation of the officer-involved shooting which occurred on 01/24/23 remains ongoing. As with all officer-involved shootings in Mesa County, the CIRT is conducting the investigation.

On 01/24/23, at approximately 7:50 pm, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the U.S. Marshall’s Office tried to apprehend a male with a Felony Arrest Warrant, at 2842 North Avenue, and an officer-involved shooting occurred. The suspect in the officer-involved shooting received medical treatment immediately following the incident.  Upon release from the hospital, 24-year-old Emilio Cordova was transported to the Mesa County Detention Facility and booked on the following charges:

  • Attempted First Degree Assault on a Peace Officer
  • Attempted Vehicular Assault
  • Menacing
  • Reckless Driving
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Aggravated Auto Theft

The CIRT continues to conduct interviews and collect evidence in this case. As the investigation continues, there may be additional charges. Additional details will be released as appropriate, with sensitivity to the ongoing investigation. Read here for more information about the original incident.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will be responsible for releasing the name of the involved deputy. As per Mesa County Sheriff’s Office policy, their deputy remains on paid administrative leave.

Once the CIRT has completed its investigation, the findings will be turned over to the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office for review.

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.  Because Mesa County Sheriff's Office personnel were involved in this incident, the Grand Junction Police Department is leading this investigation on behalf of CIRT.  

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