DA: Officer Who Shot Suspect Had No Other Choice

By: Natalie Pallone Email
By: Natalie Pallone Email

The Mesa County District Attorney’s Office says the Grand Junction Police Officer who shot a burglary suspect did what he had to do.

In a letter to Police Chief Bill Gardner, District Attorney Pete Hautzinger says the officer acted in an entirely professional, ethical and reasonable matter.

The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Team was investigating the officer involved shooting that happened last year.

Police say on October 16, Omar Infante-Ortiz and Marcos Mendoza fired shots in an apartment complex to scare some people then fled. Police later caught up with Infante-Ortiz on North Avenue and shot him twice after he pointed a gun at them and refused to drop it.

Hautzinger says Infante-Ortiz gave officers no choice but to take that action.

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