February 9, 2016 Mesa County, Co. Sheriff’s Office Deputy Derek Geer Condition is Grave. On Monday February 8, 2016 Deputy Geer responded to a call of a man walking with a bandanna over his face and walking around with a gun. Geer was able to make contact with the suspect who was going to be taken into custody. The man attempted to flee on foot and Deputy Geer tried to stop him by deploying his taser.
The 17 year old male opened fire on the Deputy when the taser failed to incapacitate him. The male ran and was captured approximately one hour later according to the Sheriff’s office without further incident.
Deputy Geer was immediately taken to the Hospital where he was listed in critical condition from the injuries he sustained. His condition has deteriorated.
At this time an official statement has been released regarding Geer who is a husband and father of two children ages 13 and 11. The Deputy who has been employed with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office since 2001, who was also a Navy veteran is in the final hours of his life. It has been decided that in his last hours that he struggles to survive on life support that his organs will be taken to donate to others so that they may live. After that time he will be taken off of life support.
We are keeping our brother Derek Geer, his wife, children, co-workers, family and friends in our thoughts and prayers this day. The WBL asks that all who support the Law Enforcement Community please take a moment to remember Deputy Geer in your thoughts as well as the MCSO and his family.
The Official Statement of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office reads as follows along with the press conference:
MESA COUNTY, COLORADO – UPDATE: 02/09/16, 11:00 am
It is important that we provide the most accurate information on the condition of Deputy Derek Geer and to clarify any misconceptions that have been published.
Unfortunately, Deputy Geer’s condition has not improved. He is on life-support so he can perform one last selfless act of service by donating his organs.
We anticipate this process to occur within the next 48 hours, after which time all life sustaining measures will cease.
We will continue to provide updates as they become available.
UPDATE: Summary of Sheriff Lewis Press Conference. At 11:06 am, deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 500 Block of Fruitvale Court on a report of a suspicious male with a gun. The male was seen walking south, crossing I-70 Business Loop and the railroad tracks south of the roadway. A description of the suspicious male was aired and Deputy Derek Geer contacted a male matching the description near E Road and 30 1/2 Road.
After a short interaction, in which Deputy Geer told the suspect he was being detained as part of the weapons investigation, the suspect attempted to flee. Deputy Geer deployed his taser. The suspect then fired several rounds at Deputy Geer, striking him multiple times. The suspect then fled the scene on foot.
Other deputies, responding to the initial call, arrived and found Deputy Geer unresponsive. At 11:17 am, the deputies notified dispatch of an “officer down.” Deputy Geer was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital with life threatening injuries where he remains at this time.
Law enforcement officers from every agency on the valley responded to the area to assist in the search for the suspect. At 12:04 pm, the suspect, a 17 year old white male, was taken into custody. Charges are pending.
The investigation into the incident has been turned over to the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team.
Deputy Geer is a Navy veteran and has been employed with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office since October 2001. He is a husband and father of two children, 13 and 11.
The press conference that took place earlier this evening with Sheriff Matt Lewis can be found on our YouTube channel at this address: https://youtu.be/EcCXXTNPIgs. You may need to copy and paste into your browser.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Geer and his family during this tragic time.
As further information becomes available it will be released at www.MCSONews.com. All media inquires should be directed to Sgt. Henry Stoffel, (970) 244-3929
UPDATE: Sheriff Lewis will be holding a press conference in the MCSO lobby at 6:30 pm. The doors will open around 6:15 pm. The press conference will be video recorded and later posted on our social media sites.
Shortly after 11:00 am, deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 500 Block of Fruitvale Court on a report of a man with a gun. Upon contact with the suspect, one deputy was shot. The deputy was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries. The suspect fled the scene, but was located and placed into custody. Area schools were placed into lock down but law enforcement and the school district are working together to release from lock down as soon as possible. More information will be released as it becomes available.
UPDATE: From the
Many people have inquired about how they can support Deputy Geer’s family…
A Go Fund Me account has been established for Derek’s family, and can be found by following this link: http://www.gofundme.com/3gnysfbg
There has also been a local account for the Derek Geer Memorial Fund set up at Alpine Bank.
In a time of trauma, the last thing any family wants to worry about is finances. Nothing can replace Derek in the lives of his loved ones; however, making sure that his family is cared for is a gift we can give to honor his sacrifice. We thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, in advance of your generosity. May your prayers and compassion be a reminder to the Geer family of the good in the world.
On February 8, while responding to a call regarding a suspicious male carrying a gun, Deputy Derek Geer, with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, was shot numerous times and subsequently killed by the armed suspect. Deputy Geer was a beloved member of his agency, as well as a husband, son, Navy veteran, and father of two children. As the community is reeling from this horrific chain of events, the family seeks steady ground on which they can begin to process and heal from this unthinkable loss. Deputy Geer was a public servant to his core; he served in the United States Navy prior to his career in law enforcement, and has served in many capacities for the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office since 2001.
In a time of trauma, the last thing any family wants to worry about is finances. Nothing can replace Derek in the lives of his loved ones; however, making sure that his family is cared for is a gift we can give to honor his sacrifice. We thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, in advance for your generosity. May your prayers and compassion be a reminder to the Geer family of the good in the world.