Investigation into Saturday shooting continues

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Grand Junction Police are releasing a few details about a weekend shooting 11 News brought you first. They say they're still investigating the shooting where an intruder was injured by a homeowner.

Police say around 1:25 a.m. Saturday they got a call from someone at 610 Gunnison Avenue about an unknown adult male the homeowner wanted removed. Officers began responding to the scene when another call came in from the same house.

During the second call the caller said the intruder was in the backyard and had been shot by the homeowner. The homeowner is a sworn officer with the National Parks Service.

The man who was shot was taken to the hospital, no word on his condition at this time. Police say the homeowner's family was home at the time of the shooting.

Police say they're working with the Mesa County District Attorney's office and at this time no charges have been filed though the investigation is continuing.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2009 at 10:37 PM
    what is going on with this case?
  • by Anonymous Location: Grand Junction on Dec 2, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    Yes - the homeowner has the right to defend his property - if the intruder was actually in his house; which he wasn't. The homeowner left the safety of his (locked) house and followed the man into the backyard. He had already called the police, why not stay in the house until they arrived? I'm going to speculate a little, and say that the police probably haven't released very many details because they are wondering the same thing: why follow the man into your yard if he hadn't gained entry and the cops were already on their way? It's definitely not a clear cut case of Make My Day.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2009 at 08:04 PM
    People are out to judge when they are ignorant to the events that may have taken place. This intruder may have been persistent about getting inside. Not to mention what he may have done to this family if he did get inside! This sounds like self defense to me!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2009 at 03:36 PM
    "The homeowner was concerned for his family that was inside, left his house to confront [the man] and the shooting happened in the backyard," says Grand Junction Police Sgt. Lonnie Chavez. This says it ALL! NOT A " CLEAN SHOOT"!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2009 at 02:02 PM
    Is it illegal to knock on the wrong door, even if it is in the middle of the night? This case is NOT a "clean shoot" and anyone who is willing to act in the same manor as the shooter did in this case should also expect not only the punishment that the law will deliver but also the punishment that the lord almighty will deliver at the day of judgment.
  • by neighbor Location: down town grand jct on Nov 30, 2009 at 09:34 PM
    I live very close to this location & I feel that I have the right to protect myself from anyone trying to get into my home against my wishes. How in the world do you think you know that this intruder is "loving" or "innocent"? They haven't released his identity. It is not "innocent" to be trying to gain access into someone else's home at 1:30 am, nor is it "loving" to intrude on an innocent man's sense of safety in his own home.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 30, 2009 at 07:13 PM
    I believe people have the right to protect there family when they our being threatened in any way! I don't believe someone has the right to unlock his door go outside and shoot someone in there backyard while waiting for the police to get there. I believe if a family is locked up in there home and the person could not get in, WHY OPEN YOUR DOOR UNLESS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A CONFRONTATION!
  • by Anonymous Location: Grand Junction on Nov 30, 2009 at 06:44 PM
    The victim who was shot in this case was not in the house he knocked on the wrong door and was lost in the alley. The shooter did not have to come out of his house at all. His house was locked and the police were on there way.The victim who was shot could not get in and had no harmful intent and no weapon. The shooter CHOSE to come out of his home and take matters into his own hands. Make My Day = License to Kill? I Know in MY heart, NO WAY IN HELL!!!!!!
  • by Curious Location: Grand Junction on Nov 30, 2009 at 06:15 PM
    A dwelling is not a backyard and this person was never in the awful mans house.
  • by Person Location: GJ on Nov 30, 2009 at 06:13 PM
    I find it hard to swallow that people are justifying this persons action when there is no clear story. The man was in his yard but his yard is wide open almost part of the alley. If you dont want the general public to enter you yard build a fence and stay inside until the police arrive. Shooting an unarmed man is 'awful'.
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