UPDATE: Coroner ID’s man killed in trooper shooting
Shots fired during investigation of traffic accident
A man was shot and killed Tuesday night by a Colorado State Patrol trooper who was investigating a traffic accident in a Redlands neighborhood.
Trooper Nate Reid, a spokesman with the State Patrol in Denver, said the shooting happened in front of a home on Glade Park Road as a trooper was attempting to contact a person involved in an accident reported at 7:40 p.m. on nearby South Broadway.
Jason A. Kemp, 31, of Grand Junction, died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, the Mesa County Coroner’s Office said.
“While at the residence (103 Glade Park Road, unit B) there was an exchange between the suspect and troopers,” the State Patrol said in a prepared statement today. “During that exchange the trooper fired his issued weapon striking the suspect.”
A State Patrol spokesman this afternoon declined to elaborate on the alleged exchange.
Deputies from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, Grand Junction Police Department officers and State Patrol troopers flooded the neighborhood after initial radio reports aired at 8 p.m. about a trooper-involved shooting at 103 Glade Park Road.
Joel Stone, who had been eating dinner with family at 2504 South Broadway at the time, said he and others heard a loud screeching of tires from the road nearby. When they later walked out of their home, they saw an officer in a blue uniform being escorted by colleagues from the driveway of a home on Glade Park Road.
“(The officer) looked pretty distraught,” said Stone, adding the officer’s colleagues brought out what appeared to be a first-aid bag for the officer.
Two men, who appeared to be in their 20s, were led from the Glade Park Road home in handcuffs, Stone said.
Another neighbor who spoke on condition of anonymity recalled hearing at least one shot, which was preceded by yelling and screaming.
Mesa County’s critical incident team, which is comprised of investigators from several Grand Valley law enforcement agencies, including the State Patrol, will conduct the investigation. State Patrol Sgt. John Hahn told a press conference today that three troopers have been placed on paid leave, which is standard procedure, while the agency has opened an internal investigation.
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