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When a peace officer shoots and wounds or kills a person in Mesa County, Colorado, a very specific protocol is followed to investigate and review the case. See C.R.S. §16-2.5-301.

Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)

The 21st Judicial District has many law enforcement agencies, all who value the highest standards in assuring conflict, and bias free investigations of critical incidents and officer involved shootings. The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) has created a memorandum of understanding (MOU) guiding the protocols for CIRT investigations. The signators on that include the District Attorney for the 21st Judicial District, the Mesa County Sheriff, the Chiefs of the Grand Junction, Palisade and Fruita police departments, the head of Troop 4A for the Colorado State Patrol, the head of the local Department of Corrections Parole unit, and a representative from the Colorado Bureau of Investigations.


We also value transparency in our process and decisions regarding whether a person was charged, and why that decision was made.  Below are links to our MOU and the decision in each case in which the CIRT was invoked.


To read the 21st Judicial CIRT Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) see below

Critical Incident Response Team Protocol (Revised January 2020)


Please select year to view Critical Incidents Letters

Critical Incident Letter dated 2023-01-26 RE: December 6, 2022 incident at 2210 US HWY 6 & 50, Grand Junction 

Critical Incident Letter dated 2023-05-31 RE: January 24, 2023 incident at 2842 North Ave., Grand Junction

Critical Incident Letter dated 2023-06-02 RE: April 1, 2023 incident at 1625 Walnut Ave., Grand Junction

Critical Incident Letter dated 2023-06-05 RE: April 28, 2023 incident at 2837 North Avenue, Grand Junction

Critical Incident Letter dated 2023-08-22 RE: June 28, 2023 incident at 2908 Sandra Avenue, Grand Junction

Critical Incident Letter dated 2022-04-06 RE: February 3, 2022 incident at the intersection of N 1st Street & Gunnison Avenue

Critical Incident Letter dated 2022-03-21 (St. Mary's Pavilion) RE: June 23, 2021 incident at 750 Wellington

Critical Incident Letter dated 2022-03-21 (Sportsman's Warehouse) RE: June 10, 2021 incident at 2424 US Hwy 6 & 50

CIRT Letter dated 2021-04-20 RE: March 7, 2021 incident at 497 Coronado Court #B

CIRT Letter dated 2021-02-02 RE: October 11, 2020 incident at the intersection of Parkway & Eastwood


CIRT Letter dated 2020-11-06 RE: August 17, 2020 incident at 1225 M 3/4 Road

CIRT Letter dated 2020-08-26 RE: July 17-18, 2020 incident at 1131 East Carolina Avenue #4

CIRT Letter dated 2020-06-12 RE: March 17, 2020 incident at 312 3/4 27 3/8 Road

CIRT Letter dated 2020-05-19 RE: March 7, 2021 incident at US Highway 50 & 29 Road

CIRT Letter dated 2020-02-18 RE: February 1, 2020 incident at 2902 D Road 

Critical Incident Letters pertaining to Officer involved shootings 2019 or earlier please click here to view CIRT letters