Troopers plead not guilty in shooting of Jason Kemp

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) -- Two Colorado State Patrol Troopers involved in the fatal shooting of a Grand Junction man last year will face a jury. Trooper Ivan Lawyer and Corporal Kirk Firko pleaded not guilty today in the death of 31 year old Jason Kemp last summer.

Kemp was killed when he refused to allow the officers in to his home after reports of an accident. Both troopers tried to break down the door. When the door finally opened Lawyer allegedly fired a shot at Kemp, killing him.

Lawyer faces charges of criminally negligent homicide. Firko is facing charges of criminal trespassing and criminal mischief. Their trial is scheduled to begin in December.


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  • by john Location: atlanta, ga. on Dec 27, 2011 at 03:20 PM
    Comments by "Anonymous" are very frightening. As a law-abiding citizen I am quite conerned when an unarmed man (no gun found anywhere in house) is blown away by a "trained" law enforcement officer. I would want to look very closely at the training aspect and if nothing is found there, then the background and psychological profiles of these men that apparently were up to shooting an unarmed man who ran his truck off the road in a residential area ans would not open the door to talk about it. They should be punished to the fullest extent of whatever laws Colorado has left that protect the innocent. I would also like to know what role the police union has in protecting rogue killers such as these guys.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2011 at 04:41 PM
    Boy you sure can tell by reading these comments who are criminals and who are not!!! Accidents happen, cops are people too, this was a bad shoot, but an accident and Kemp holds or held most of the responsibility by his ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR prior to the shooting. Had he not broken the law the troopers would not have been there!!
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      by Tom on Jul 20, 2011 at 11:54 PM in reply to
      I can give first hand information on the officer that opened the door and started kicking it open when the home owner held his door shut wanting a warrant for them to enter. Firko ran over me in 2002 with his patrol car trying to get as close as he could to scare 2 old men on our motorcycles. He was found to be reckless and lied saying his brakes were bad. In reality they tested his car for 5 months & nothing wrong. He was a smartass at the accident & I have the video to prove it & a smartass in court. I still have permanent injurys & he laughed about the damage to me seen by the waitresses where he did it. He is a snake.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 at 08:05 PM
    boo hoo, another dead dirt-bag, I am crying my eyes out......
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      by Confused on Jul 16, 2011 at 07:54 AM in reply to
      What do you mean "another dead dirt-bag"? I thought the cop was still alive. You can take a dirtbag and dress him up but sooner or later the dirtbag will dirty the uniform.
  • by Ted on Jul 15, 2011 at 07:00 PM
    100% support of the troopers. Even if a mistake was made or an accident occurred, they are not killers, nor did they intend to commit a crime. Kemp dug his own grave by his actions that day. Period.
  • by JAYCEE Location: GJ on Jul 15, 2011 at 05:04 PM
    My support goes for the troopers. Something happened at that door that made the trooper think he was in imminent danger to have pulled his gun and fired it. Kemp was reportedly on probation. Therefore, he didn't have the right to refuse to open the door for the officers. Who doesn't open the door for the police? If they come to my house for any reason, I always, always open the door and in fact invite the officer or officers inside. "People who have nothing to hide, hide nothing."
  • by Anonymous Location: happy valley on Jul 15, 2011 at 02:06 PM
    GOOD FOR THE TROOPERS----NOT GUILTY!
  • by ARLY on Jul 15, 2011 at 07:21 AM
    COP OR NO COP YOU DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO SHOOT ANYONE WHO IS NOT ARMED. YOUR NOT SUPPOSE TO SHOOT FIRST AND ASK LATER. THEY WERE IN THE WRONG AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH. IF IT WERE YOU AND ME WE WOULD HAVE WENT TO JAIL AND HAVE TO BAIL OUT, WHY WERENT THEY. JUST CAUSE THERE COPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 at 08:03 PM in reply to ARLY
      Arly, try right clicking on words that you have limited comprehension of, it will give you the correct spelling of said word. It makes people think you are stupid and no one will take your rant seriously, when you have no control of your misspelled spew...
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        by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2011 at 09:06 AM in reply to
        YOU ARE IN THE WRONG, MY WORDS WERE THERE
  • by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2011 at 08:51 PM
    Can we get the Casey Anthony jury to sit on this case?
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      by Disgusted on Jul 14, 2011 at 09:53 PM in reply to
      There wasn't a "smoking gun" in the Anthony case.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2011 at 07:22 PM
    I hope they get raped in jail repeatedly by the very people they put inside. Both should be tried and hung for 1st degree murder. Both were involved, both made the decision. If he would have been armed both cops should have been shot in the face for breaking and entering.
  • by jessica on Jul 14, 2011 at 07:05 PM
    Ok so if and one breaks the law we should just shoot them? Anyone who hasnt broken the law cast the first stone. Everyone has broke the law in some way if they were busted or not. The cops had no right without a warrent to go in that house. He was a great guy, just cause he missed up when he was young doesnt mean anything. Just remember if one of your family members was shoot by a cop like that you would be upset with people talking bs about them. So shut up and back off.
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