Two detained in shooting at Orchard Mesa home

Two men were detained this morning after a man was critically wounded in a shooting at an Orchard Mesa home.

One of the detained men, who resides at 197 Indiana Street, called 911 around 10 a.m. and told dispatchers he had shot another man who was trying to get inside his home, according to Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Carnes. The man, along with a second man who Carnes said was inside the home at the time of the shooting, were driven away from the scene in patrol cars to be interviewed and were not handcuffed.

The man who was shot was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Police radio traffic indicated deputies who first arrived at the scene detected no pulse on the man.

Carnes said the shooter and the shot man are believed to be known to one another.

While an investigation was barely one hour old with witness interviews underway, Carnes said early known facts suggest Colorado’s “Make My Day” law — the doctrine allowing a homeowner to use deadly force to stop an intruder — may apply in the case.

The incident was believed to be unrelated to another shooting just after midnight at 293 1/2 28 Road, Carnes said.

Read the full story in Saturday’s Daily Sentinel.


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