Patterson Road shooting suspect identified, facing multiple charges

Shortly after noon, the Grand Junction Police Department swarmed the area around Northern Way because of multiple gunshots in the area.
Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 12:50 PM MST
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UPDATE 8:02 p.m. | GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The suspect involved in today’s shooting is 29-year-old Michael C. Viegas. According to the Grand Junction Police Department Viegas faces the following charges:

  • Attempted First Degree Murder
  • Attempted First Degree Murder of a Peace Officer
  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree, three counts
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Prohibited Use of Weapons, 25 counts
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Resisting Arrest

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This is an update to a developing story. The original coverage is below.

UPDATE 1:45 p.m. | GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The Grand Junction Police Department confirmed via its Facebook page that the suspect in the Patterson Road area shooting was arrested around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

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This is an update to a developing story. Previous coverage is below.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The Grand Junction Police Department has confirmed an “increased law enforcement presence” between 7th and 12th Street in the area of Patterson Road, near the 12th St. City Market.

Eyewitnesses say the police are focusing on a single apartment building on the 900 block of Northern Way. Residents in the area report receiving a reverse 911 call telling them to shelter in place.

Multiple shots were heard by our on-scene crews, but it is not yet clear who fired the rounds.

Police and Deputies were spotted by crews carrying heavy arms in the area and are classifying the incident as an active shooter.

The St. Mary’s campus went into shelter-in-place as a safety measure, according to hospital staff.

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This story is still developing, and more information will be released as it is made available.