Law enforcement investigates Orchard Mesa death

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a man who was found at 2846 Unaweep Ave. shortly after the new year began.

Deputies responded to the home after reports of shots fired.

Several people were taken away for questioning, but no arrests have been made.

Neighbors said there were lots of fireworks being shot off in the area, making it difficult to distinguish between the sounds of celebration and gun shots.

"I did hear what I thought was a shot, but it was mixed in with the fireworks and so I disregarded it and I assumed or I hoped that it was fireworks," said Mike Holmes, who lives in the area.

Neighbors right next to the house said there was a party going on at the time of the man's death, while others further down the street did not even know law enforcement was present during the night.

"No, I don't even remember seeing any police cars or emergency vehicles at all in the area," said Jim Birdsill, who lives on Unaweep Ave.

Neighbors said the man who died did not live in the house, but the Mesa County Coroner is still looking into the cause of death and has not yet released the man's identity.

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