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Fatal officer-involved shooting in Mesa County under investigation

The Colorado State Patrol trooper involved in the shooting was not injured, CSP said.

MESA COUNTY, Colo. — A Colorado State Patrol trooper was involved in a fatal officer-involved shooting Saturday morning in Mesa County, according to the Colorado State Patrol (CSP).

CSP said the suspect was shot about 9 a.m. at U.S. 50 and 29 Road, south of Grand Junction in the Orchard Mesa area, and the trooper involved was not injured.

Colorado State Patrol Troopers responded to the area after someone called 911 to report that there was a person who was acting oddly, a release from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) said. The caller told dispatchers the person had been standing in the same position for a couple of hours, not moving or responding to people who asked if they needed help. 

When a trooper arrived on the scene and tried talking to the 33-year-old man, MCSO said he starting acting aggressively and took out a 10-inch knife.

At some point, the trooper shot and killed the man, MCSO said.

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The name of the suspect will be released later by the Mesa County Coroner's Office.

The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team is investigating the shooting, according to CSP.

MCSO said investigators are hoping to identify several potential witnesses who may have been in the area at the time of the shooting.

If you know who these potential witnesses may be, or have information about this case please call the MCSO Witness Tip Line at (970) 244-3526.

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