Suspect placed ad for gun before shooting

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Austin Holzer is shown in a photo he posted to Facebook on Feb. 7, one day before authorities say he shot Deputy Derek Geer in Pear Park.


The Grand Junction teenager awaiting adult murder charges in connection with the shooting of Mesa County sheriff’s Deputy Derek Geer was apparently trying to get his hands on a handgun four days before the shooting.
Austin Patrick Holzer, 17, attempted to swap goods, including bullets for a rifle, to trade up for a handgun, according to the “Western slope guns” community Facebook page.

Shooting happened within minutes of contact

Less than three minutes after Mesa County sheriff’s Deputy Derek Geer reported to emergency dispatchers that he would be approaching a male suspect who reportedly had a gun, one of his colleagues called for help.





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