Four wounded in armed clash
A man suspected in a Grand Junction shooting and assault that hospitalized four people was arrested several hours later Saturday after police surrounded a home and pulled out a 2-month-old child.
The incident, which tied up all of the Grand Junction Police Department’s resources for much of the day, may have been triggered by a child-custody dispute, police spokeswoman Kate Porras said.
MichaelI Joseph Renteria, 21, Grand Junction, has been booked into the Mesa County Jail on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, second-degree assault, felony menacing and reckless endangerment, police said. The four individuals who were wounded had not been identified Saturday.
Officers responded to 476 Glen Road about 11:15 a.m. and found one person had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and three others had been assaulted with another type of weapon. Porras said she didn’t know the type of weapon used in the assault but said none of the four appeared to have life-threatening injuries.
While police were investigating the shooting and assault, they received information that the suspect’s vehicle may be linked to an address at 2005 Elm Ave. As the first officer arrived, he noticed a vehicle matching the description of one seen at the Glen Road incident leaving the Elm Avenue house. The vehicle was stopped a couple of blocks away, and the driver told the officer the suspect was inside the Elm Avenue house, Porras said.
As officers approached the house, several people came out.
“We briefly detained some of them to figure out who was who and who may or may not have been involved,” Porras said.
At that point, police learned a 2-month-old baby had been left inside the house, with the suspect possibly still inside.
“That made it complicated in determining what we were going to do,” she said.
A SWAT team arrived at the scene around 1 p.m., and SWAT team officers entered the home around 2 p.m., with an officer emerging from the house with the baby minutes later. The baby was reunited with his mother, Porras said.
A block down Elm Avenue from the house, the father of one of the men who’d left the house as police arrived paced the sidewalk and called other family members on his cellphone. He said his 19-year-old son is friends with the 18-year-old son of the home’s owner. The man, who didn’t want to be identified, learned his son and his son’s girlfriend had safely left the home and, during the SWAT action, were waiting in police cars to be interviewed.
The man also said his son’s 18-year-old friend had become a father two months earlier.
While officers were searching the house, police received a tip around 3:15 p.m. that the suspect was walking near 28 Road and North Avenue. He was taken into custody there, Porras said.
She said police believe the suspect was in the Elm Avenue house at one point, but that he may have left while officers were stopping the vehicle that left the house.
Police are investigating whether other people were involved in the shooting and assault.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 242-6707 or Crime Stoppers of Mesa County anonymously at 241-STOP.
—Staff writer Rachel Sauer contributed to this report.