Police officers shoot, kill man
Witness: At least 10 shots fired; nobody else hurt in incident
A man was shot and killed by Grand Junction police officers Monday outside a downtown home in what witnesses called a quick flurry of more than 10 shots.
Police spokeswoman Kate Porras said officers were called just after noon to a home at 1720 Grand Ave., to remove a person outside of the property. Porras said shots were fired when officers contacted an individual, a man, who was inside a vehicle in front of the property.
The man was fatally wounded. No officers were injured. Police didn’t release the names of any of the people involved in the shooting.
Two officers were involved, interviewed on Monday and placed on paid administrative leave per standard protocol, Porras said.
Asked specifically if a weapon was brandished at the officers, Porras didn’t directly answer the question. She did say that “officers don’t get themselves involved in firing shots unless they feel their lives or someone else’s are in danger.”
A gun was recovered from the car where the man was shot, Porras said.
According to police radio traffic, a male officer was overheard around noon advising that he and others were “approaching the vehicle where the shot came from.” Less than a minute later, the same officer was heard asking for an ambulance to respond to 1720 Grand.
Porras didn’t immediately explain the location of the body relative to where she said the shooting happened. A tarp covered the body, which stayed most of Monday lying in the roadway on Grand Avenue during the scene investigation. Roughly 20 feet north of the body, a gray-colored sedan sat in front of 1720 Grand Ave., with the driver’s side of the vehicle also covered by a blue police tarp. Half a dozen or so Dixie cups laid upside-down in the driveway, presumably covering evidence.
Just before 8 p.m. Monday, police released a statement saying officers intentionally moved the man after shooting him.
“After the shots were fired, other responding officers removed the man from the car and took him to a safe position behind a police vehicle to bring in paramedics so they could assess the man’s condition,” the statement said. “Additional responding officers continued covering the house until they could determine there was no additional threat from the home.”
Several witnesses said they didn’t hear or see anything unusual prior to the gunfire.
“It was a pretty fast gun,” said Kevin Brinkley, adding he heard clear gunshots from two blocks away in his front yard at 14th Street and Ouray Avenue. Loren Couch, who lives at 1703 Grand Ave., said an officer who interviewed him called the incident “a traffic stop gone bad.”
Mesa County assessor records show the property is owned by Kevin McManus, who has an Olathe mailing address.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is leading an investigation on behalf of the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Team. That team looks into all officer-involved shootings.