Update: 2/9/16 1100 hours
I am heartbroken to update all staff that Deputy Derek Geer is in the final hours of his life. He is currently on life support at St. Mary’s Hospital while final arrangements are made for him to provide one last measure of service in the form of organ donation. I am told this could take up to 48 hours.
We will not wait to begin to honor Deputy Geer and his sacrifice. Effective immediately and until further notice please shroud your badge in honor of Deputy Geer. We have posted a uniformed guard on Deputy Geer and will be providing a schedule of our needs if you would like to participate in guarding him. We will begin meeting with his family and working with them to understand their wishes and how we can support them. I will keep you updated as we develop plans with Deputy Geer’s family.
Please continue to support each other and keep Deputy Geer’s family in your thoughts and prayers. I will continue to update as any new information is received.
This has been a tragic and terrible day for the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office but I know if we support and care for each other we will eventually begin to heal.
Sheriff Matt Lewis
A Mesa County deputy suffered life-threatening injuries Monday morning after he was shot by a suspect he had stopped to conduct an investigation.
The deputy, identified as Derek Geer, was shot multiple times. As of Monday night, he remained in the hospital and his condition is described as “grave”.
Authorities say Geer confronted a 17-year-old who matched the description of the suspect with a gun. When the suspect was told he was being detained, the sheriff’s office says he tried to flee – prompting Geer to use his stun gun.
The suspect then fired at Geer multiple times and ran away. Other deputies arrived and found Geer unresponsive. He was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, law enforcement officers from every other agency in the area helped search for the suspect. He was taken into custody less than an hour later. His identity has not been released.
Deputy Geer is a Navy veteran who has been with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office since October 2001.
He is married and has two children.
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