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Four cops on leave after shooting

Paul ShockleyGrand Junction CorrespondentVail, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION A shots fired call early Tuesday led to a shootout with police at a North Avenue trailer park, two men facing charges and four Grand Junction officers on paid administrative leave.Omar Infante-Ortiz, 25, of Grand Junction, was shot at least once when he allegedly brandished a handgun at Grand Junction officers in the A & W trailer park located at 2837 North Ave.Police spokeswoman Linda Bowman said officers contacted the vehicle and its occupant, declining to characterize the specific sequence of events leading up to the shooting.Police declined comment on a host of details the shooting remains under investigation.Two Grand Junction police patrol cars remained inside a taped-off crime scene Tuesday morning.Colorado Bureau of Investigation crime scene specialists worked inside the trailer park through most of Tuesday. They left shortly before 5 p.m.Four officers, who werent named, were placed on administrative leave. Bowman said thats standard practice for any officer-involved shooting.Infante-Ortiz, along with Marcos J Mendoza, 21, allegedly broke into an apartment unit at 2852 Belford Avenue shortly before 2 a.m., threatening the occupants, according to a police news release.Infante-Ortiz allegedly fired a handgun inside the apartment.Infante-Ortiz and Mendoza fled in a white minivan. Police caught up with the vehicle less than a block away, inside the trailer park.Roberto Monarrez, 12, who lives four residences away, said he was awakened by a hail of bullets early Tuesday. Monarrez described hearing five to 10 shots,screaming and what sounded like a large window shattering.I know the little kid who lives there, but I dont know the guy who got shot, Monarrez said.Infante-Ortiz was transported to St. Marys Hospital. A spokesman couldnt confirm if he was still there Tuesday evening.Police said an arrest warrant has been issued for Infante-Ortiz on charges of first-degree burglary, felony menacing, first-degree assault on a peace officer, reckless endangerment and prohibited use of a weapon.Mendoza is being held at the Mesa County Jail on charges of first-degree burglary and felony menacing.According to CBI criminal records, Infante-Ortiz has been arrested four times in Mesa County since 2002 on misdemeanor charges including drunken driving and driving under restraint.Mendoza has been arrested seven times including a felony drug charge, fraud and introduction of contraband.


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