Man dies after exchanging gunfire with BLM officers near Grand Junction |

Man dies after exchanging gunfire with BLM officers near Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION — A 67-year-old Grand Junction man died Sunday after exchanging gunfire with Bureau of Land Management officers in western Colorado.

The man, who has been identified as Eugene Baylis, died of multiple gunshot wounds, the Mesa County Coroner’s Office said.

On Sunday, two BLM rangers were checking on a white van parked on BLM property in the Bookcliffs area north of Grand Junction when the man fired at officers, according to Mesa County officials. One officer returned fire, killing the suspect, and one officer was hit in his protective vest. That officer was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The names of the officers involved haven’t been released.

The shooting is being investigated by the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team.

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