Man arrested in connection to shooting death of 11-year-old boy in Mesa County

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The suspect in the shooting death of an 11-year-old boy was taken into custody Sunday, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office said.

The boy was shot Saturday at 3060 Sandpiper Ave., the sheriff’s office said. He was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital where he later died.  His name has not been released.

The suspect, 41-year-old Jeremy Mushrush of Grand Junction, voluntarily came to the sheriff’s office and gave a statement, investigators said.

Mushrush was not detained or arrested at the time and was free to leave after he gave a statement, the sheriff’s office said.

“After he left, information came to light that implicated Mr. Mushrush in criminal activity,” the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Mushrush for manslaughter and attempting to influence a public servant, both felonies, and prohibited use of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

At about 10:30 a.m., deputies and Grand Junction police officers found Mushrush’s vehicle at the Woodspring Suites in Grand Junction.

“At about this same time, Mr. Mushrush called dispatch and advised he had heard that law enforcement was looking for him, and he agreed to meet with deputies,” the sheriff’s office said. “At 10:38 a.m., Mr. Mushrush agreed to turn himself in and he was arrested without any resistance or incident.”

Investigators have not said what led to the shooting but said Mushrush is not related to the victim.

All documents related to the case have been sealed by the court.

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