Mesa County sheriff’s deputy taken off life support two days after shooting

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Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Geer.

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Mesa County sheriff’s deputy Derek Geer died Wednesday night after being taken off life support, Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis said.

Geer was removed from life support after the final organ donations were made, Lewis said in a news release.

“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,” Lewis said in a news release.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Canyon View Vineyard Church (736 24 1/2 Road) in Grand Junction. Interment will follow at the Orchard Mesa Municipal Cemetery.

A GoFundMe page has been established for Geer’s family, including his wife and two children, ages 13 and 11. Geer, 40, was a Navy veteran who had been with the sheriff’s office since October 2001.

Geer was shot multiple times Monday while trying to take a suspect into custody. The suspect was identified Wednesday as 17-year-old Austin Patrick Holzer of Grand Junction.

Holzer has been charged with attempted second-degree murder and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

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