Arrest made in truck stop homicide

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT)- On Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, around 8:30 p.m, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were sent to the TA Express truck stop at 2222 Highway 6 & 50 on reports of a shooting that took place.

When they arrived, there was a male subject on the ground in the parking lot who had multiple gunshot wounds. Despite rescue efforts, the male was pronounced dead on the scene. A second male was also shot in the leg and was transported to the hospital, but is expected to survive.

Shortly after, the business and the surrounding area were quickly locked down as additional law enforcement arrived. The response team
included personnel with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol.

The suspect was not located at the scene.

Before 10 p.m. officers with the Fruita Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 400 Block of Birchwood Street, where they contacted a male who was ultimately determined to be the suspect in the shooting incident.

Officers arrested Christopher Rizo, 29, of Grand Junction. He was charged with Murder in the First Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, two counts of Aggravated Robbery, two counts of 2nd Degree Kidnapping, and two counts of Menacing.

Currently, the affidavit is sealed.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will be responsible for releasing the identity of the deceased victim in this case.

Photo By: David Jones

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