SWAT standoff ends with officer-involved shooting

An hours-long standoff with law enforcement in an Orchard Mesa neighborhood ended with the shooting of an unidentified suspect around 4 p.m., according to Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and scanner traffic.

Communications between dispatch and officials at the scene indicated the suspect, armed with a rifle, refused to come out of the home situated on C Road between 32 and 32 1/2 roads.

Officers at the scene reported shots were fired at 3:29 p.m. and again at 4:06, scanner traffic indicated.

Witnesses reported roads into the neighborhood were blocked off by police as the incident unfolded.

Initial reports from the sheriff’s office stated the county SWAT team was called to the scene in Clifton and contact was made with the suspect.

“The situation is now being considered an officer-involved shooting,” an updated sheriff’s office report said.  “The situation is being turned over to the Critical Incident Response Team.”


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