Update:Shots Fired, SWAT Team Called In to Find Suspect

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

A SWAT operation is now over after police take a man accused of firing shots early this morning into custody.

Grand Junction Police were called out to a fight at a house on North 15th Street just before 1:30 after neighbors heard gunshots. Officers say 24 year old Julian Mendoza Valdez had been in a fight with some people there and pointed a gun at one of them. That person knocked the rifle towards the ceiling as the gun fired.

One neighbor who was just feet away says she was horrified by the gunfire. The first call came in to dispatch centers just after 1:00 a.m. Neighbors near 15th and Walnut said they heard shots fired, police say they may have been from a rifle.

Police immediately set up perimeter searching area for suspect; it took them until just before 5:00a.m. this morning to locate the suspect in the two thousand block of North 15th Street.

Detectives knocked on doors and spoke with neighbors for more information. There are no reports of injuries from the incident and the SWAT team has cleared the scene.

He's being held without bond on an immigration hold in the Mesa County Jail facing attempted murder, felony menacing and burglary charges. He'll face a judge tomorrow.

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  • by erissa on Aug 23, 2008 at 07:42 AM
    It's not the people who lived thier who did it it was one person who choose to do that so when you see groups of hispanics loitering out front of the house they dont got nothing to so with it.
  • by Lori Location: Grand Junction on Aug 21, 2008 at 12:48 PM
    If you look at the blotter and watch the news 8 times out of 10, they are hispanic. That's not racist, that's a fact.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2008 at 07:43 AM
    That is a racist comment... I live in that neighborhood too and have found the people to be friendly...
  • by anonymous Location: nearby resident on Aug 21, 2008 at 07:14 AM
    The fuuny thing is about this situation is that I've lived by these people for three years now and I always see groups of hispanics loitering out front of the house. I've always though eventually something is going to go wrong.
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