Mesa County deputies fired on during search for shooting suspects
December 3, 2005
GRAND JUNCTION ” Two sheriff’s deputies escaped injury when someone fired at least three bullets into their patrol car during a chase, and authorities said the suspects may be two men wanted in an earlier shooting.
Deputies fired back and then launched an intensive, door-to-door search after the gunfight Thursday night, but the suspects escaped, Mesa County sheriff’s spokeswoman Susan McBurney said.
The deputies had been staking out a building after getting a tip that Charles Pruitt, 39, and Samuel Lincoln, 24, may have been inside. Pruitt and Lincoln are wanted in the Nov. 23 shooting of James Finnegan, 20, of Grand Junction, who was left for dead in the desert.
Finnegan survived and is improving, McBurney said.
Two people had left the building under surveillance Thursday night and were driving away when the deputies followed. As the deputies tried to get the car to pull over, someone inside fired on them, McBurney said.