Police officer shoots, kills aggressive dog

Grand Junction police officers shot and killed a dog Monday afternoon after it aggressively charged one of the officers, the Police Department reported.

According to a press release, officers were in a wooded area behind Glacier Ice Arena off Riverside Parkway attempting to contact a man known to have outstanding warrants.

During the search, the dog ran toward officers and displayed aggressive behavior. When the dog charged the officer, he fired his weapon one time. The incident occurred about 1 p.m.

The officers involved said they believed the dog was an adult pit bull or pit bull mix, according to police spokeswoman Heidi Davidson. The dog was wearing a collar, but did not have any tags, she said. Police are working with Mesa County Animal Control to locate the dog's owner. No one else was injured in the incident.

Officers did not locate the suspect they were attempting to contact. The press release said the department was saddened by the outcome.

"Although we haven't yet identified the home of the dog, our sympathies are with the owners. However, the safety of people, including our officers, is always our top priority," part of the statement read.

The department stated that it will conduct an internal review to ensure officers followed policies and procedures during the incident.

Trickle Park road closed through Oct. 28

The closure on Trickle Park road, Forest Service Road 121, will continue through Oct. 28.

The project to replace culverts will close the road at milepost 11.2 and there will not be a readily available bypass during construction.

The road near Atkinson Reservoir on Grand Mesa was expected to reopen by this week, but the culvert work will now take longer.

The project will improve aquatic habitat by providing a stress free road-stream crossing, promoting robust aquatic communities and resilience to climate change stresses.

Information: Robert Dasey 970-589-5429; 970-263-5808; robert.dasey@usda.gov.

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