Man in standoff held on bond

A Grand Junction man, 20-year-old Michael Angel Camacho — who was involved in a standoff with police on Wednesday in which an officer’s gun was fired — was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault and felony menacing.

Camacho received a $10,000 cash-only bond during his first appearance in Mesa County District Court on Thursday.

Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department arrived at Monument Studios, 1600 North Ave., on a report that a man had accidentally shot himself in the chest. The man, later identified as Camacho, allegedly was armed with a gun.

Officers fired less-lethal rounds at Camacho and a police officer shot one round from a firearm during the incident. Cpl. Cody Kennedy has been identified as the officer who fired the shot, and is on paid administrative leave as investigators with the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Team investigate the incident, the police department said.

According to prosecutor Mark Hand in court on Thursday, Camacho has serious mental health or drug issues.

“The people are very concerned about community safety with Mr. Camacho,” Hand told Mesa County Court Judge Gretchen Larson.

Camacho’s public defender said she could see from where she was standing next to her client that Camacho had lost a finger in the incident. Camacho’s hand was bandaged on Thursday, and it was still unclear as to how he became injured. His lawyer said Camacho had previously been in treatment at The Salvation Army and she requested a personal-recognizance bond so he could return to treatment.

Larson said she had read the affidavit in the case, but she could not read it aloud because the document has been sealed.

Camacho returns to court Oct. 19.


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