Fruita police involved in fatal shooting

Three Fruita police officers fatally shot a suspect early today as he was running away from a traffic stop, police officials said.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, “for some reason” tried to flee the scene after he was stopped at about 12:40 a.m. today, Fruita Police Chief Mark Angelo said.

No information was available as to why the man was pulled over, or why he fled, but police officials said he was armed.

“What we know to this point, which is very, very brief, is that the individual ended up leaving the vehicle for some reason and got to a location in the 100 block of Hollyberry, and the officers were involved in a shooting of that subject,” Angelo said.

The officers, along with several other witnesses, were being interviewed by a critical incident team made up of officials with the Fruita and Grand Junction police departments, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations.


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So now we are asked to believe it took three days to determine that Pollard had a gun and participated in a “gunfight” with the police. Problem is, if things had gone down the way Fruita Police Chief Mark Angelo is now telling the story, it would have been reported in the establishment media on the very first day because that set of “facts” is police-friendly.
Is there anybody in Mesa County gullible and naive enough to believe that, if the establishment media would have had the information that the alleged “perp” was armed and initiated an armed confrontation with the police, the establishment media would not have reported that on the first day so as to help convict the guy in the area of public opinion prior to trial? If so, I have some nice oceanfront property in Wendover I’d like to sell you real cheap.
In view of conditions in our modern-day NSA-surveillance police state, I am not impressed by police organizations investigating themselves — you know, the old “fox guarding the hen house” thing. If the FBI lied about the JFK assassination and other things — 74% of Americans don’t believe the Warren Commission’s report — then why can’t the CIT easily construct a lie about what went down in the Pollard killing incident?
I’d like to see our local media do its own independent investigation. Which side of Pollard’s body contains how many bullet entrance wounds, and which side contains how many bullet exit wounds? Was there any alcohol or drugs in Pollard’s blood? How many bullets did the police fire altogether, etc, etc?
The comment string on the KREX story is interesting. On apparent apologist for the police said, “This guy was part of an anti-government group called Colorado Republic. I know this for a fact. So, with that being known ...” That seemed to “coincidentally” parrot Mark Angelo’s spin, so I Googled Colorado Republic and came up with I also clicked on Looks to me like the Colorado Republic is clearly a pro-constitution group.
So the question arises, is Mark Angelo a Goebbelsian cutesy pie, or are police actually being trained and brainwashed to view and handle constitutionalists and libertarians as terrorists and enemy combatants? In view of the recent national headlines about the IRS targeting conservative groups, that question doesn’t seem the least bit far fetched.
I was particularly amused by the post of another KREX commenter who said, “Better get the same lawyer the state cops got when they murdered a guy on the redlands and got off.”

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