Young hunter shot and killed on Grand Mesa identified
The Mesa County Coroner identified the deceased person involved in the hunting incident on Sunday, Sept. 13 on Grand Mesa. In addition, the cause and manner of death is being released by the Coroner. The category of homicide means the death of a person was caused by the action of another. The circumstances surrounding the teen being shot remains a focus of this death investigation.
Justin Burns was reportedly bow hunting with his father when he was shot. The suspected shooter has been identified by investigators. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, it is currently archery and muzzleloader season for various big game, and bear rifle season in many areas across the state.
This death investigation remains active and on-going, with updates provided as they become available.
FROM Sept. 13
Mesa County, Colo. — The Grand Junction Regional Communication Center (dispatch) received a call around 8:30 a.m., of a possible hunter shot near Big Creek Campground, on Grand Mesa. Deputies responded to the scene, along with the Collbran Marshall and Plateau Valley Fire Department.
The Mesa County Coroner has been notified and will work with investigators to determine cause and manner of death, as well as identity of the deceased person. As is standard with any unattended death in the County, this case is being handled by agency investigators.
Updates will be provided as they become available.
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