Two shot after suicidal 911 call
Deputies walking up on a Clifton home Wednesday night heard a single gunshot, before a man and a woman stumbled out of the front door with gunshot wounds, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said.
A deputy was overheard on a radio saying a man appeared shot in the left lung, while a woman was wounded in the abdomen, just before 6 p.m. outside 3304 Delicious Drive. Their conditions weren’t confirmed and nobody was in custody as of Wednesday night.
Deputies were originally called there around 5:25 p.m. for a suicidal man.
That suicidal person was believed to be the man deputies found shot, Benjamin said.
Benjamin said as a group of deputies approached the home, a gunshot was heard from inside, prompting the deputies to start pounding on the front door. As they did, the door opened and the wounded pair came outside, she said.
A third adult and a pair of young children also were inside the home but were unharmed.
Benjamin said it wasn’t clear why the wounded man was reportedly suicidal. The relationships among the occupants of the home weren’t immediately confirmed.
Emergency dispatchers early on during the incident briefly spoke with the reportedly suicidal man.
A dispatcher was overheard telling a deputy that the man’s wife had phoned 911. The dispatcher said she’d twice spoken with the man, but he ended one call by telling her she had the wrong number. He reportedly hung up during a second call.
A deputy described the man as barricaded inside the home.
It wasn’t clear if deputies had information about firearms possibly being inside.
Mesa County Animal Services officers were observed removing several dogs from the property, which was surrounded by crime scene tape as deputies waited for a search warrant to issue before entering late Wednesday. They were expected to be there most of the night.
Mesa County assessor records indicate the home is owned by Durward and Lois Pifer of Clifton.