Gun report false alarm; three schools locked down

A good Samaritan did the right thing Thursday and ended up surrounded by Grand Junction Police Department officers and in handcuffs.

Around noon, a person driving across the Grand Avenue Bridge at Colorado Highway 340 spotted a handgun on the roadside, Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras said.

The man stopped, picked up the handgun, which turned out to be an Airsoft toy gun, and set out to take it to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Passersby saw the man walking along the bridge with the gun and called 911. Police, who had no idea the man was simply doing the right thing and was turning a handgun over to law enforcement, immediately called for the lockdown of two schools: the Dual Immersion Academy, 522A W. Main St., and the Riverside Educational Center, 552 W. Main St., Porras said.

A license plate trace showed the vehicle the man got into belonged to Tom Rolland of Rolland Engineering. Rolland’s home address is near the Head Start School, 3172 1/2 Glendam Drive, in Clifton.

The school district placed all three schools into a “shelter in place hold,” which does not allow anyone to enter or leave the building.

Meanwhile, the police searched for a vehicle driven by a suspected gunman.

Police eventually caught up with the vehicle, made a traffic stop and ordered the driver to get out. He was handcuffed for a short time and released when the police realized the situation.


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