Affidavit: Man tries to prod officer into shooting him

A 42-year-old Grand Junction man repeatedly told a sheriff’s deputy to shoot him during a confrontation in the 500 block of Fruitvale Court on Friday night, according to law enforcement reports.

Eric Alan Ludwick was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a schedule I/II controlled substance and third-degree assault. He appeared Monday in Mesa County court.

Ludwick was allegedly high on methamphetamine while fixing a car with two other men when he assaulted one of the men, stating that the man moved a wire in the engine bay and was “rigging the truck to explode,” according to the arrest affidavit.

Deputies responded to reports of an assault in progress at 5:33 p.m. When Ludwick came outside, a deputy asked him to explain the situation.

“(Ludwick) then balled up his fist and stuck out his chest and told (the deputy) he wasn’t going to talk to (him) and what was (he) going to do,” the affidavit said.

The deputy ordered him to get on the ground, and Ludwick refused to comply and continued to tell the deputy to shoot him, according to the affidavit.

Ludwick took a glass methamphetamine pipe and a small black bag out of his pocket and went back into the building after a brief struggle with the deputy.

When another deputy arrived on scene, the officers attempted to use a Taser on Ludwick, which was not successful, according to the affidavit. A deputy then wrestled Ludwick to the ground and put him in handcuffs.

The small black bag that was allegedly in Ludwick’s pocket tested positive for methamphetamine at the scene, according to the report.

Ludwick was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital and cleared of injuries, then booked into the Mesa County Jail.

At a bond hearing on Monday, District Attorney Dan Rubinstein described Ludwick as exhibiting “extremely scary behavior” during his interactions with law enforcement.

Mesa County Judge Craig Henderson issued Ludwick a $5,000 cash-only bond on Monday.


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