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The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says a deputy shot by a teenage suspect will be taken off life support

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado — The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says a deputy shot by a teenage suspect will be taken off life support.

Officials said Tuesday that Deputy Derek Geer was being kept alive so that he could donate his organs but that support will be removed once that process is complete.

Geer was one of several deputies who responded to a report of a person walking with a gun in Grand Junction Monday and encountered a 17-year-old boy.

The Daily Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1o0BcZo ) reports that Geer began talking to him but an altercation ensued after Geer told him that he was going to be detained. Geer fired a Taser that struck the boy but he pulled out a handgun and fired at Geer, a 15-year department veteran.

He is married and has two children.

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