A Grand Junction man was arrested Friday and faces attempted murder charges after after police Thursday he pointed a gun at them causing them to shoot him. Daniel Roy Alexander, 38, was taken into custody after being released from St. Mary's Hospital. Alexander was shot by an officer who returned fire in the area of 26th Street and Belford Avenue.
Friday, officials released more details about the incident. They said a man called for police assistance. That man, David Martinez, tells 11 News that he caught Anderson burglarizing his car and then anderson pointed a rifle and threated to shoot him. He then called the police.
They arrived and an officer stopped to approach Alexander. That's when Alexander picked up the rifle, which he had set down by a planter, and fired at the officer. The officer returned fire with two rounds and struck Alexander, who fell to the ground. Another officer came to the scene and the two were able to take Alexander into custody.
The officers were not injured. Alexander was treated for his wounds at St. Marys. He is now being held in the Mesa County Jail on $500,000 bond. He faces attempted first degree murder charges and first degree assault on a peace officer, among other charges.
Both officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice when any officer is involved in this type of incident. The names of the police officers were not released Friday.
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