Man jailed after he was shot by police
October 23, 2007
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” A 25-year-old man, hospitalized for nearly a week after he was shot by Grand Junction police, was jailed Monday after being released from St. Mary’s Hospital.
Omar Infante-Ortiz was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary, felony menacing, first-degree assault on a peace officer, reckless endangerment and prohibited use of a weapon.
Meanwhile, according to the police department, four officers have returned to regular duty after being placed on administrative leave following the Oct. 16 shooting that wounded Infante-Ortiz at a North Avenue trailer park.
Infante-Ortiz and Marcos Mendoza, 21, forced their way into an apartment and threatened two men living there at about 2 a.m. on Oct. 16, according to police. Infante-Ortiz allegedly fired a handgun into a wall.
Infante-Ortiz was tracked to a nearby trailer park, where he was shot at least once by a Grand Junction police officer.
Police have declined to comment on the specifics of that encounter, but said Infante-Ortiz brandished a handgun at officers.
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The shooting is expected to be reviewed by the district attorney’s office.