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MEEKER I A 58-year-old local man was in critical condition last week at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction after what authorities believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the stomach.
At 4:24 p.m. Sept 8, the Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office dispatcher received a report saying a man had left his residence with the intentions of committing suicide. Local law enforcement began a search.
The man was located at about 5 p.m. by Richard Bland, an ExxonMobil employee, in the Piceance Creek area, with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He had been shot with a .357 magnum revolver.
The man was taken by ambulance to Pioneers Medical Center and then airlifted to St. Mary’s. The Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office investigation is ongoing; however, foul play is not suspected. He has been released from intensive care and is in serious condition.