Suspect identified in Critical Incident Response Team incident

By: News Desk Email
By: News Desk Email

ORCHARD MESA, Colo. The suspect has been identified as 49-year-old Lawrence Sanchez.

At the time of his death, he was wanted for escape from a halfway house (Community Corrections) and other related charges by The Colorado Department of Corrections.

Two deputies were placed and remain on administrative leave for their involvement in this shooting, which is standard procedure.

The Critical Incident Response Team's investigation continues. Once complete, likely a matter of weeks, the case will be forwarded to District Attorney Pete Hautzinger, for his review and disposition.

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Deputies responding to the area of 32 Road and B 1/2 Road, Clifton, in the early afternoon Saturday and located an armed male. The Sheriff's Office SWAT Team and agency negotiators were called to the scene.

Late in the afternoon, the adult male suspect was shot by law enforcement. The suspect was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

It is standard practice for a Critical Incident Response Team to be activated and used for an investigation that involves an officer/deputy shooting. In this situation, the Grand Junction Police Department is the lead investigating agency on this case, with assistance from multiple law enforcement agencies in the County.

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A stand off situation in Orchard Mesa is now being considered an officer involved shooting.

The incident shut down several blocks from B 1/2 to C 1/2 Roads and 32 to 33 Roads for hours. The man stood behind a tree and was armed.

Shots were fired and the gunman fell to the ground and was taken away by ambulance. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office, SWAT team, and Fruita Police Department responded to the scene. Colorado State Patrol blocked the perimeter and MCSO's drone airplane was flying above the scene for an aerial view.

The situation is now being turned over to the critical incident response team. We will have more information as it becomes available.


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