Former GJ cop accused of sex assault found dead

By: KKCO - Email
By: KKCO - Email

A former Grand Junction Police officer accused of sexual assault was found dead in Denver.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Glenn Coyne was dead on Tuesday at the Days Inn located at 15059 W. Colfax Avenue.

The 35-year-old was found by hotel staff and preliminary reports indicate he was the only one in the room and no one else was involved in his death. The Jefferson County Coroner's Office says Coyne died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In a statement the Grand Junction Police Department said it is very saddened to learn of the death of Coyne.

“We were deeply troubled to hear about Glenn’s death,” Interim Police Chief John Camper said. “Right now our thoughts are focused on his family, especially his wife and children. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with them.”

Chief Camper adds, “This entire incident has been very difficult for everyone involved, and these latest developments only make the situation more tragic.”

Coyne was arrested Oct. 1 on charges of sexual assault and burglary. Police say Coyne was called to a woman's house to help her with a problem with her teenage son. Authorities say Coyne went back to the woman's house around 1 a.m. when he got off duty and sexually assaulted her.

Coyne was fired from the Grand Junction Police Department following his arrest. Coyne was married with two children.

His arrest affidavit remains sealed.

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