At 8:15 this morning, deputies responded to a report of a fight at a residence on the 500 block of Clifton Way. Arriving deputies saw an individual get in a car, take off at a high rate of speed, and then fire a gun out the window.
Deputies pursued the vehicle, which at one point jumped the median and was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-70B. Ultimately, deputies were able to stop the vehicle near E ½ and 32 ½ roads. The driver was found in the vehicle with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital, where he later died. No other injuries were reported.
The Mesa County Coroner is responsible for determining the cause and manner of death and releasing the person's name after proper notifications are made.
This remains an ongoing investigation. Colorado State Patrol and 21st Judicial District Attorney's Office are assisting in the investigation.
We are sensitive to reports of suicide and how they are handled. Due to the public location and the presence of emergency responders in the area, we also recognize the importance of providing information to our community.
If you or someone you love is thinking about suicide, there is help. Call 844-493-TALK (8255), Text: TALK to 38255 or visit ColoradoCrisisServices.org to chat. You'll immediately be connected with a trained counselor, ready to talk with you about anything. Relationship problems, family crisis, anxiety, bullying, stress, addiction, and disability are common calls.