Man shot dead by state trooper in Mesa County is identified

A man who was shot dead in Mesa County by a Colorado State Patrol trooper was identified Monday and investigators released additional information about the officer-involved shooting.

Jayson Thompson, 33, of Bisbee, Ariz., was shot on Saturday, according to the Mesa County Coroner’s Office. Thompson died of gunshot wounds to the torso and his manner of death is a homicide. Toxicology test results, as part of the autopsy, are pending.

On Saturday morning, a state trooper responded to a report of a person exhibiting “odd behavior,” according to a Critical Incident Response Team news release. The initial report to 911 described a person who had been standing still, in the same position, for a “couple of hours.”

“When a citizen approached and asked the person if they needed help, they did not answer or acknowledge their presence,” the CIRT news release said.

At about 9 a.m., a trooper attempted to speak with the man near the intersection of U.S. 50 and County Road 29. The man became aggressive and brandished a 10-inch knife, the release said.

“Ultimately an officer involved shooting occurred,” the release said. The trooper, who has not been identified, was not injured. The trooper is on administrative leave pending the investigation.

Investigators have spoken with multiple witnesses and they’re reviewing several sources of video that captured various elements of incident. Any witness who has not already talked with investigators is asked to call the sheriff’s office tip line at 970-244-3526.

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