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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  • by Cynde Location: GJ on Oct 9, 2009 at 03:56 PM
    I agree that the comment made by Mike was somewhat disturbing. It certainly lacks maturity. But yet its packed with a whole lotta ignorance.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 9, 2009 at 12:47 PM
    Considering he committed suicide...isn't that somewhat equivalent to an admission of guilt?
  • by mike Location: GJ on Oct 9, 2009 at 06:37 AM
    Ron & jr, I feel that he is a convict since he didn't even have the balls to make it to any court appearances. This man was caught and was for what ever reason unable to face his actions. I would think if this man were not guilty of the charges, he would have spent every penny he had and every moment to show that he was not guilty. When he took his own life he convicted himself. If you two want to pay to house, feed, and treat all the scum of society that are in our prison system, feel free to use your own money to do so. I for one am in favor of capital punishment for people that sexually assault women or children, and for people that use a position of trust to commit any crime. I have no problem with him being tried, convicted and hung at 1st and Grand at noon the next day.
  • by jr Location: grand jct on Oct 8, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    this is directed @ mike...... so basically you are saying that everyone charged with a crime is guilty, and everyone who is charged with something, weather they did it or not , should just go out and shoot themselves, to save on the tax payers money? and btw mike a convict is someone who has been convicted of a crime by a jury and is in jail. this guy never even had a trial. be careful mike and everyone can be put in jail weather falsely accused or not, by anyone who is willing to lie about it, so if someone lied and said you did a crime, should you just go out and shoot yourself?????? lol I bet your answer is no
  • by Ron Location: Grand Junction on Oct 8, 2009 at 11:29 AM
    I want to remind people that every man is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a jury of his peers. No man deserves to be tried by the media or ignorant individuals who post childish comments. It shows complete stupidity. This is a tragic thing that has hapened and a family must now go on with out their father and husband I do not care what this mans attitude was he put his life on the line each and every day. I would also like to address Mikes statement. where he stated that he wish more convicts took this mans lead.This man was never convicted of any crime so the term Convict is one of those statements of a person who has no idea of what he is talking about.This is the untited states of America and this man is inocent until proven guilty as is all whether they are involved with Law enforcement or just a citizen.So before a person post's a comment keep this in mind, This kind of stuff makes me sick to read, Grow up!!! My prayers go out to this mans family.
  • by Mike Location: GJ on Oct 8, 2009 at 07:06 AM
    I for one am glad to hear that he took his life and spared the taxpayers the burden of paying for his trial, incarceration, food, and healthcare for the rest of his life. I wish more convicts took his lead and did the same.
  • by Karma Location: Grand Junction on Oct 7, 2009 at 02:42 PM
    I had a run in with this officer once. All I can say is he was rude, arrogant, short tempered and judgemental. "Tragic" does not apply, he made his choice and then chickened out. All I can say is I feel the world is now better off with a man like this no longer around.
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