Man killed in standoff on Saturday was wanted for escape

A man who was shot and killed Saturday during an armed standoff with Mesa County Sheriff’s Office SWAT officers was wanted for escape from a halfway house, among other charges issued by the Colorado Department of Corrections, authorities said today.

Lawrence Sanchez, 49, was identified today by the sheriff’s office as the man who was fatally wounded during the standoff at 3210 B 1/2 Road.

Two deputies — whose names were not released by the agency — have been placed on paid administrative leave which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings. The sheriff’s office today declined comment on a host of other questions.

Sanchez was shot following an hourslong standoff around 4 p.m. Saturday. The suspect was reportedly armed with a rifle behind a tree in a field at 3210 B 1/2 Road. Officers at the scene reported that shots were fired at 3:29 p.m. and again at 4:06, scanner traffic indicated. It’s not known if police or the suspect fired those alleged shots.

Sanchez was pronounced dead Saturday night at a local hospital.

The Grand Junction Police Department is the lead investigative agency, working under the structure of Mesa County’s Critical Incident Response Team.

Read more in Tuesday’s Daily Sentinel.


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Escape from a halfway house = “he deserved to die?”

In what universe?

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