Evidence doesn’t support shooting report

A Mesa County Sheriff’s deputy talks on the phone in front of a house at 581 29½ Road where a reported shooting took place Tuesday morning. No one was injured, and officers were looking for two sedans, one white and the other gray, that were seen leaving the scene, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Megan Terlecky.



Mesa County sheriff’s deputies who responded to a shooting reported outside a Fruitvale home Tuesday morning found no evidence that shots had actually been fired, according to a department spokeswoman.

The Sheriff’s Office received a report at 9:02 a.m. that a gun had been at 581 29½ Road, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Megan Terlecky.

“When deputies arrived they found no one hurt,” Terlecky said. “When all was said and done, there was no evidence of a shooting.”

Terlecky said witnesses agreed on some details: that an older-model, white passenger car stopped in front of a home, and a man got out. The man pointed a gun north along 29½ Road, then chased another male on foot, Terlecky said. Then, according to witnesses, the man with the gun got back in the white car and drove south on 29½ Road.

“The best description we have of that man that was seen with the gun is that he has short hair, (and was) wearing dark clothing, with a bandana on his face,” Terlecky said.

Witnesses were inconsistent about other details, including a description of the second man, a detailed description of the white sedan, and about whether the first man actually fired a gun, she said.

Bookcliff Middle School was temporarily placed on shelter-in-place as a precaution because of its proximity, Terlecky said.

Anybody with further details about the incident can call the Sheriff’s Office at 970-242-6707, she said.


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