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Investigation into officer involved shooting at St. Mary's concludes

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) - The investigation conducted by District Attorney Dan Rubenstein and the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) into the officer involved shooting at St. Mary’s Pavilion on June 25, 2021, has concluded. On that day, Reginald Ray Hansen threatened multiple people on campus, before being shot and killed by Corporal Taylor Schriener.

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Two days before the incident, on June 23, Reginald Hansen came to Colorado from Texas and rented a room at the Red Roof Inn in Grand Junction. On the 25th, Hansen checked out of his room and took a taxi to St. Mary’s Pavilion, while leaving his vehicle at the hotel.

Upon arriving at the Wellington Avenue address, two female witnesses reported seeing a man walk into the third floor office with a walker. When asked how he could be helped, Mr. Hansen responded, “I want Dr. Witwer. I need – I want to see Dr. Witwer,” Hansen said.

When Hansen was told Dr. Witwer was not there, he brought a gun up and pointed it at woman. The second female saw the gun and described it as a semiautomatic gun with a green laser light. Not knowing if the other employees saw the gun, the second female began yelling “gun” and “security 5-5,” referencing the number to call security.

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After seeing the alert on her computer which described an active threat from a male wearing a grey hat, a woman working on the second floor of the medical pavilion saw a male that was wearing a hat with a walker appear outside of her office. The woman told the man there was an active threat, to which Mr. Hansen responded, “I am the active threat.”

A St. Mary’s Security Officer heard the call and started making his way to the third floor of the pavilion, where the initial call was made. When he made it to the second floor, he encountered a man he thought to be a patient who was holding a stack of papers in his hand. The security officer approached the man to assist him in evacuating, when the man dropped the papers and produced a black semiautomatic handgun and said he wasn’t going anywhere. He then said, “I’m here to die today.”

The security officer then backed away down the stairs, where he was met by a security supervisor. The two security officers were in the stairs when Corporal Schriener passed them, heading up to the third floor. The security officers informed Cpl. Schriener that the man with the gun was “right there.” As the Cpl. Schriener made contact with the man, the security officers heard him instruct Hansen to drop the gun ten times, while also stating “I will shoot.” At that time, Hansen responded to the corporal by saying, “no, this is what I’m here to do today.”

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During the encounter, Cpl. Schriener described that he fired his gun until there was no longer a threat, which he believed was three to four shots. After a “shots fired” radio call was heard, other responding officers arrived on scene and the gun was secured. The officers then transported Hansen to the ER located across the street where he was pronounced dead.

Reginald Hansen’s medical records shows that he underwent two back surgeries with Dr. Brian Witwer, a neurosurgeon employed at St. Mary’s. The papers that Hansen had on scene appeared to be a four-page letter. The letter called Dr. Witwer and a Dr. Holmes “monsters” and said “IT IS SOLELY UP TO ME TO END THIS.”

When the crime scene was processed, there were five spent .223 casing located at the scene. Mr. Hansen’s letter was also recovered, and a black Sig Sauer P365 9mm handgun with an Armalaser brand laser site was located approximately 5 inches from the deceased hand. The handgun was loaded, with 11 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber.

Following the judicial district’s investigation, Corporal Tayler Schriener was found to be acting in self-defense and the defense of others, and will not be charged. Had Reginald Hansen survived the incident, he would have been charged with multiple counts of menacing, as well as first degree, premeditated murder.

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