Authorities Release Shooting Suspect

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

A Grand Junction teen arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder in the shooting of a Palisade High School student has been released.

Authorities now believe he had nothing to do with the incident.

At around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Andrew Martinez walked into the Mesa County Sheriff's lobby and turned himself in.

Martinez told officials he had heard there was a warrant for his arrest but didn't know what was going on.

He was booked into the jail on charges of attempted first degree murder and felony menacing. At the time of the arrest warrant, authorities believed Andrew Martinez had shot Martin Martinez. Martin Martinez was shot in the face last week when he answered a knock at the door of his Clifton home.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office tells 11 News they now believe Andrew Martinez was not involved at all. Andrew Martinez has been released from custody and all charges against him have been dropped.

Martin Martinez remains at St. Mary's hospital in critical conditions, but doctors do expect him to recover.

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