Fruita police involved in fatal shooting
Three Fruita police officers fatally shot a suspect early today as he was running away from a traffic stop, police officials said.
The suspect, whose name has not been released, “for some reason” tried to flee the scene after he was stopped at about 12:40 a.m. today, Fruita Police Chief Mark Angelo said.
No information was available as to why the man was pulled over, or why he fled, but police officials said he was armed.
“What we know to this point, which is very, very brief, is that the individual ended up leaving the vehicle for some reason and got to a location in the 100 block of Hollyberry, and the officers were involved in a shooting of that subject,” Angelo said.
The officers, along with several other witnesses, were being interviewed by a critical incident team made up of officials with the Fruita and Grand Junction police departments, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations.