Officers arrest suspect who prompted shelter in place at East Middle and Chipeta Elementary School

 Photo courtesy of David Jones
Photo courtesy of David Jones (KKCO)
Published: Sep. 13, 2019 at 11:59 AM MDT
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Shortly after 1:30 p.m. Thursday, East Middle School and Chipeta Elementary School were placed in a shelter-in-place due to a report of a felony menacing in the 600 Block of Ouray Avenue.

Police encountered Tyrone Gibson, 21, who was a previously convicted felon. Gibson allegedly pointed a handgun at the victim's chest, who was there to collect belongings from the residence. The victim left the scene uninjured.

Police set up a perimeter around the residence and tried to communicate to the suspect, without any luck.

Police used a PA system to communicate to Gibson, who finally complied with police and surrendered after two hours.

In an initial sweep of the residence, police found a loaded handgun and ammunition, tactical vests, suspected methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. A search of the serial number on the handgun revealed that it was reported stolen.

Gibson was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility on charges including Possession of a Controlled Substance, Felony Menacing, Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender, Violation of a Protection Order, Theft, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The Grand Junction Police Department expressed gratitude to the community saying, "We recognize that situations like this are not only scary for residents in the area, as well as parents of children in neighboring schools, but can also be disruptive to routines and travel. We appreciate the patience and support of our community as our officers work to make sure everyone involved is safe."