GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — The Critical Incident Response Team is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Grand Junction on January 24. Mesa County Sheriff Deputies were trying to apprehend a man with a felony arrest warrant around 7:50 p.m. near a Carl’s Jr. at 2842 North Avenue when the shooting happened.
The suspect was hit and emergency medical personnel transported him to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. No officers or bystanders were hurt in the shooting.
Members of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) will interview witnesses and involved persons in this case in the coming days.
According to the GJPD, more information will be released as appropriate, with sensitivity to the ongoing investigation.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for releasing the name of the deputy involved. As per standard procedure, the deputy involved in the incident is currently on paid administrative leave. Mesa County Sheriff’s will also conduct an internal investigation, separate from the criminal investigation CIRT is conducting.
The 21st Judicial District, CIRT, investigates all officer-involved shootings in Mesa County. The team is made up of representatives of the GJPD, 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.
CIRT is deployed when law enforcement is involved in a critical incident to ensure an independent investigation. GJPD is leading this investigation, as Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were involved in the incident. GJPD officials tell KREX information could change throughout the course of the investigation, which is still in its early stages.
GJPD reports no ongoing threat to the community at this time. Western Slope Now will update this story as the investigation releases new information.