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Critically Wounded Colorado Deputy in 'Final Hours of His Life'

February 09, 2016  | 

Dep. Derek Geer (Photo: Mesa County Sheriff's Office)
Dep. Derek Geer (Photo: Mesa County Sheriff's Office)

Mesa County Sheriff's Deputy Derek Geer is in "final hours of his life," on life support and awaiting arrangements for organ donation, Sheriff Matt Lewis told staff last night in an e-mail, reports the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

Geer, a 15-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, was shot multiple times and critically wounded Monday while investigating a report of an armed person walking down a Grand Junction street.

The shooter, a 17-year-old Grand Junction boy, was taken into custody. Lewis did not identify him or indicate the charges to be filed against him during a news conference Monday evening, the Daily Sentinel reports.

Lewis praised the 40-year-old Geer, a U.S. Navy veteran who was hired by the Sheriff's Office in 2001 and has worked in several divisions, including the Mesa County Jail and the Mesa County Justice Center. Geer is married and has two children, ages 11 and 13, Lewis said.

"This is a person who has dedicated his adult life to this organization, to protecting this community and today, quite possibly, made the ultimate sacrifice," said Lewis, who alternated between the past and present tense in describing Geer. "This person was a member of this community. He was a father. He was a husband. His kids attend school here. He was active in many different things in this community. He's going to be known to many people."

Lewis said three deputies responded at 11:06 a.m. to a report of a man walking with a gun in the 500 block of Fruitvale Court and heading south toward E Road. The deputies encountered the teenager on the other side of the four-lane highway in the area of 30 3/4 and E roads, and Geer began talking with the teenager, who asked if he was going to be detained. When Geer told him yes, the teenager pulled away and an altercation ensued. Geer fired a TASER that struck the teen, but the teen pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at Geer, according to Lewis.

Police radio traffic captured Geer reporting that he had been shot and was "bleeding heavily" from his face. A pause followed, and then the deputy said he needed an ambulance. A deputy who responded to the scene found Geer had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was not responsive.

"I ask the community to come together," Lewis said. "This is a time when we as a Sheriff's Office, we come together and we support each other. This affects more than just this office. This is a community effect as well.

"We're not OK today, but we will be. And we'll all get through this together."


Comments (9)

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Chad Fontenot @ 2/9/2016 5:00 PM

RIP Brother.

ZorryK1 @ 2/9/2016 6:14 PM

RIP Dep. Derek Geer.....Condolences to his family and what they are going through in the final hours. Something that cannot be imagined unless you have to go through it. His organs being donated which is a very noble act, in some way he will still be walking among us.

jeff @ 2/9/2016 6:20 PM

God bless this hero. God bless his family and extended family in blue.

John retired IA PD @ 2/9/2016 7:45 PM

Our hearts go out to you brother, as well as your family.

Ron L. @ 2/10/2016 12:18 AM

A little bit of all of us lay in the bed dying with Deputy Geer. A man, a father, a husband, a friend, a professional who freely chose a profession as a LEO. He sought not personal wealth or heralded glory but simply to help people, one person at a time to live a better safer life. We are all better for the selfless service of Deputy Geer and all our LEO colleagues. His family will be forever proud of who he was and what he contributed to the lives of All Americans. St. Michael, our patron Saint, is awaiting his arrival, along with all the angels and the command will be given, "Hand Salute!" Rest in Peace our Brother, God Bless your Family and we'll see you at our EOS.

Lt Roy Smith LASD @ 2/10/2016 7:28 AM

IF tasers were not around then this deputy may still be alive..it took time to use the tazer then time to holster it and then draw his weapon...time he did not have. RIP Deputy Geer.

TBOW426 @ 2/10/2016 12:30 PM

Well said Ron L. No use trying to expound on that. Simply put...GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

deputy moose @ 2/10/2016 1:12 PM

Blessed are the Peacemakers. Go with God Deputy Geer.

S.S. @ 2/11/2016 11:04 AM

R.IP. DEPUTY GEER, MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU, YOUR FAMILY, AN YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN YOUR AGENCY.

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