Mesa County deputy dies after shooting

Posted at 4:31 AM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 10:57:01-05

A Mesa County deputy shot in the line of duty has died.

The sheriff's office says 17-year-old Austin Patrick Holzer shot Derek Geer earlier this week.

The department announced early Thursday that Geer was taken off of life support.

"It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of Deputy Derek Geer. Deputy Geer has been removed from life support after completing a last selfless act of organ donation," Sheriff Lewis said in a statement.

The funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, at Canyon View Vineyard Church.

Geer was shot Monday after responding to reports of a man carrying a gun and wearing a bandana over his face in the 500 block of Fruitvale Court around 11:06 a.m.

Geer contacted a man matching the suspect's description and when the suspect attempted to run, Geer deployed his Taser, according the sheriff's office.

That is when the suspect opened fire on the deputy and took off on foot, investigators said.

Holzer was taken into custody about an hour later, officials said.

Geer was a Navy veteran and has been employed with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office since October 2001.  He was a husband and father of two children, ages 13 and 11.