Police probe boy’s death

Police converged on a Pear Park house on Thursday night after a report of a fatal shooting.

As of 11:30 p.m., Mesa County Sheriff’s Department officials had released few details and would only confirm that a fatality occurred at the home at 3045 Wedgewood Ave.

Dispatch reports indicated that a mother called 911 just before 10 p.m. to report that her 13-year-old boy had been shot with a pistol by his father.

The home is owned by Allen and Jaquette Grabe, according to Mesa County assessor records. 

Michelle Caouette said she was visiting friends across the street from the house where the shooting occurred and described hearing someone yell, “Get down on the ground!”

Soon thereafter, police led a man away in handcuffs and into a police cruiser. Neighbors said the man led away is believed to be the father of the young victim.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said the man detained had not been arrested and was being held for questioning. She said several others were taken in for questioning, as well.

Benjamin did not identify any of the people involved in the incident.

Neighbors near the home where the shooting happened said that they had seen the family around the neighborhood. The young boy had been known to go door to door selling candy for school fundraisers, and the mother of the household was known for selling Avon products to neighbors, neighbor Joann Martinez said.


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