Evidence doesn’t support shooting report
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.