$1 Million Warrants Issued In Connection With Mesa County Shooting

Thursday, a judge signed $1 million arrest warrants for two men wanted by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office in connection with a shooting in the desert north of Grand Junction on Wednesday. Sam Lincoln and Charles Pruitt are wanted in connection with the shooting of James Finnigan who was shot several times in the head and face.

Finnigan was discovered by a passerby as he wandered along 25 Road in the desert north of Grand Junction. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says it is still not known why the 20–year–old Grand Junction man willingly accompanied Lincoln and Pruitt to the desert, or why he was shot.

Finnigan remains in the intensive care ward of St. Mary's Hospital with critical gunshot injuries to his head.

The sheriff's department warns that Lincoln and Pruitt are considered armed and extremely dangerous and should not be approached, if seen. In addition to the warrants issued in Mesa County Thursday, Lincoln also has an outstanding Garfield County warrant for attempted murder and other charges. He also has other warrants in Mesa County. Both men have a long history of legal trouble and are associated with the methamphetamine drug trade.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office considers both men as armed and dangerous and should not be approached if seen.
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