Suspect in Deadly Shooting Arrested in Mesa County Desert

27-year-old man, female passenger taken into custody Tuesday afternoon

MESA COUNTY, Colo. - A man believed to be the lone suspect in a weekend shooting that caused the death of a Grand Junction resident has been arrested in the Mesa County desert.

Law enforcement officials announced on Tuesday that a 27-year-old man was taken into custody in the desert off the I-70 Cameo exit.

Authorities were able to locate the suspect's vehicle on dirt roads in the Coal Canyon area.  The unidentified man and a female passenger were apprehended without incident.

Officials credit the involvement of the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Grand Junction Police Department SWAT Team, Palisade Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Bureau of Land Management, and De Beque Marshal's Office in Tuesday's efforts.

The homicide investigation centers on the death of Travis Carothers, 36, of Grand Junction who was found lying in a driveway near the 2900 block of View Drive on Saturday night around 10:30 p.m.

Carothers was taken to St. Mary's Hospital where he later died.  The Mesa County Coroner's Office reports the cause of death was gunshots to the chest and abdomen.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and interviews with witnesses are still being conducted, but there do not appear to be any other suspects in the case.

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