The Critical Incident Response Team is continuing to investigate an officer involved shooting in the 1700 block of Grand Ave. That team will decide if any criminal charges are warranted against the officers.
In a separate review of the incident, an internal one by the Grand Junction Police department, it's been determined that the officers actions were within the Policy of the department and the officers are approved to return to regular duty when they are ready and able.
Police Chief John Camper released the following statement:
"The Internal Affairs Unit conducted a parallel investigation of the officer involved shooting that occurred on August 25, 2014 at 1720 Grand Ave.
Administratively, we have found that the use of force was consistent with Grand Junction Police Department policy. The officers are commended for their professional handling of this incident. Based on this determination, the officers have been approved to return to regular duty when they are ready and able to do so. This determination is completely separate from the analysis that must be conducted by the District Attorney's Office after they receive the results of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) investigation. Only they can determine whether the shooting was justified and lawful under Colorado state law."
The shootinng happened Monday, August 25th. Police were called to the home in the 1700 block of Grand Avenue to remove a person outside.
Officers contacted the suspect who was inside a vehicle and shots were subsequently fired. The Mesa County Coroner's office identified the shooting victim as 29-year-old Joshua Matthew Crawford.
The two officers, were later identified as Cpl. Clint Newton and Ofc. Patric Bridge. Cpl. Newton has been with the GJPD since 2003. He had more than six years of prior law enforcement experience before joining the GJPD. Ofc. Bridge joined the GJPD earlier this year.