GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (CBS4) – The Mesa County Sheriff’s deputy shot and critically injured by a teen in Grand Junction has died.

Sheriff Matt Lewis announced late Wednesday night that Deputy Derek Geer had passed away.

He was taken off life-support after his organs were donated.

Geer reportedly responded to a call Monday of a male walking along the road near the Grand Junction city limits, with a gun and wearing a bandana over his face.

An altercation occurred, and Geer tried to use a stun gun to disarm the suspect, who then shot him multiple times.

Austin Holzer, 17, fled the scene but was captured soon afterward.

Austin Holzer (credit: Mesa County Sheriff)

Austin Holzer (credit: Mesa County Sheriff)

Funeral services for Deputy Geer will be held on Monday, Feb. 15, at the Canyon View Vineyard Church.

Sheriff Lewis added:

On behalf of Deputy Geer’s family and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, words can not adequately express our gratitude for the outpouring of support and compassion from our community during this most difficult time.  The support we have and continue to receive are allowing us to grieve and begin to heal.


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