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26-year-old female who died in officer-involved shooting in Delta County identified

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Published: Apr. 9, 2021 at 4:19 PM MDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2021 at 3:00 PM MDT
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DELTA COUNTY, Colo. (KJCT) - On Monday afternoon, the Delta County Sheriff’s Office and Delta County Coroner identified the victim who was shot by a sheriff’s deputy on April 9 as 26-year-old Paige Pierce (Schmidt) of Austin, Colorado.

The sheriff’s office released Friday that the officer-involved shooting took place just after 11:30 a.m. on Friday in the 29,000 block of Highway 92 following a short pursuit with a vehicle. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The circumstances that led to the shooting are still unknown.

In a press release sent out Monday, the sheriff’s office wrote that Sheriff Mark Taylor is committed to full transparency at the conclusion of the investigation that is currently being handled by the 7th Judicial Critical Incident Team. The name of the officer has not been released at this time, but per protocol, the deputy is on paid administrative leave.

We will continue to update this article when more information is received. Check back for updates.

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