UPDATE: The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Steven Alire, a 51 year-old male resident of Grand Junction, Colorado. Mr. Alire was the male involved in the officer involved shooting the night of March 17, 2020.
The cause of death is gunshot wounds of the torso and the manner of death is homicide. Toxicology is pending at this time. Since this is an ongoing investigation, we will not be releasing any further information.
MESA COUNTY, Colo. — Shortly after 7:00 pm on Tuesday evening, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a report of a felony menacing that occurred on Orchard Mesa. The reporting party stated that an adult male subject had brandished a knife and a gun at a group of juveniles who were playing basketball at Orchard Mesa Middle School. The male was then reported to have gone inside a nearby residence in the 300 Block of 27 3/8 Road.
Multiple officers responded to the area, including several Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies who arrived to assist. Officers were able to identify a possible suspect based on the information they obtained on scene. Attempts to reach the suspect by phone were unsuccessful. Law enforcement also attempted loud hails, ordering the suspect out of the house. A shelter in place notification was sent out to 126 contacts for registered addresses in the area. At one point, the suspect exited the residence with what appeared to be a firearm. The suspect failed to comply with orders from officers and, ultimately, was shot by law enforcement on scene. No officers were injured. Officers rendered aid until medical personnel arrived on scene. The suspect was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will be responsible for releasing the identity of the deceased, as well as the cause and manner of death, after appropriate notifications have been made.
As with all officer involved shootings in Mesa County, the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team 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 State Parole and Colorado Bureau of Investigation, is responsible for the investigation of this incident.
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 Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will be responsible for releasing the names of their involved personnel. The officers will be placed on administrative leave, as is standard protocol.
Anyone who witnessed this incident, as well as anyone who has security cameras that may have captured all or part of these events, is encouraged to contact the Colorado Bureau of Investigation at (970)248-7499.
No further updates are expected to be released before Friday, March 20th.