Fruita PD releases more information about officer-involved shooting

By: KKCO - Email
By: KKCO - Email

FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO) - The Fruita Police Department has released details about Saturday morning when one man died as a result of an officer-involved shooting.

Fruita Police officers stopped a Ford Ranger around 12:40 a.m. Saturday morning for a traffic violation at Highway 340 and Jurassic Avenue. Officers say they didn't identify the man at that time and he drove away after a brief verbal encounter. There was no chase, per Fruita Police Department policy, but officers did see the truck turn onto Red Cliffs Drive.

In a release, police say they saw the same truck parked at 159 Hollyberry Way a short time later. They say they were standing outside the home when they heard yelling from inside. Officers say they knocked on the trailer and asked for someone inside and the driver of the truck to come out.

They say that's when 61-year-old Lewis Pollard came outside and confronted three Fruita officers, Sgt. Kevin Paquette, and Officers Andrew Courtney and Steve Lentz. They say Pollard pulled out a handgun and pointed it at them, at which time they fired at him. The Mesa County Coroner says Pollard died of multiple gunshot wounds.

One of the officers involved in the initial traffic stop attempt confirmed Pollard was the driver of the truck. In the release, Fruita Police say Pollard made statements "consistent to the ideology of those associated with the Sovereign Citizen movement who do not recognize established government entities."

All three officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure. A Critical Incident Response Team has been set up to investigate the incident.

The release also says all search warrants have been sealed pending the completion of the investigation, which is expected to be on-going and active for weeks.

Fruita Police have called a 4 p.m. press conference. KKCO 11 News will be there and have the latest information for you on KKCO 11 News at 5:30 p.m. and right here on our Web channel.

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