CBI asked to look into shooting in Fruita

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation was asked Friday to take over an investigation of an early morning drive-by shooting at a Fruita trailer park because of a shortage of Fruita police officers and a computer network that was planned to be temporarily disabled at the department, Fruita Police Chief Mark Angelo said.

Officers were called around 4:55 a.m. on what witnesses reported to be eight or nine shots fired in the direction of 825 East Ottley Ave., space B11, according to Angelo. Nobody was injured. A vehicle matching a description of the suspect vehicle was spotted in the area of 28 1/2 and B roads, but an officer was unable to stop it.

The vehicle was found around 5:30 a.m. abandoned in the 100 block of 28 1/2 Road.

The suspect remained at-large as of early Friday evening.

Questioned about CBI’s involvement in the case, Angelo said the investigation does not involve an officer or employee with the Fruita Police Department.

“It’s a mutual aid request due to staffing and due to our computer network going down at 5 p.m. (Friday) for the move to our new addition,” Angelo said in an email statement.

Officers expect to be working out of the expanded Fruita police building by Monday, the chief said.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the department was short-staffed on Friday.

The Fruita Police Department in September 2011 embarked on a $1.2 million expansion project, spreading out from the existing 5,450-square-foot facility at 101 W. McCune Ave.


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