The Grand Junction Police Department responded to a possible report of a gunshot on Orchard Mesa late this afternoon (February 14).

[UPDATE 10:00 p.m. February 14 ] Grand Junction Police have located the suspect in the case near 12th Street and Patterson. He is identified as 52-year-old James Scott Toliver.

Police say Toliver admitted to making threats, but claims he never had a weapon. Police searched both the suspect and his vehicle and found no reason to believe he had a weapon. Toliver was cited for harassment.

[ORIGINAL STORY] As a police officer was responding to a report of threats being made near the Prospector Motel, located at 547 US Highway 50, another officer on an unrelated call reported hearing one gunshot fired.

The Grand Junction Police Department report indicated there were no injuries associated with the incident and are now attempting to locate the person who allegedly fired the gun.

The suspect in this case is described as a white male who is believed to be driving a red pickup with oversize tires.

The police department closed a section of Highway 50 and sent out calls to homes and businesses in the area asking them to stay inside while they searched for a suspect. The highway was reopened  around 6:30 p.m. after police failed to find a suspect and determined the area was safe.

The Grand Junction Police Department asks that anyone having information about the incident or knows the whereabouts of the suspect, to contact them at 242-6707 or the anonymous Mesa County Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 241-7867.


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