CLINTON -- A man is in custody, suspected of opening fire on a Sunset police patrol car Thursday night. Arrested was Zane Openshaw, 22, of Sunset. He was booked into the Davis County Jail early Friday morning for attempted aggravated homicide and was being held without bond.
The incident occurred around 5 p.m.
Clinton Police Chief Bill Chilson said a Sunset police officer was following a vehicle westbound on 2300 North for a possible traffic violation. Near 1000 West, the officer decided not to pull the vehicle over and turned around, heading east on 2300 North.
Around 970 West, the officer glanced from his patrol car and saw a man on the side of the road who appeared to be reaching for a weapon, Chilson said.
The man fired five to eight shots into the officer's vehicle. The officer managed to duck and wasn't injured, Chilson said. The officer did not return fire.
Two of the rounds lodged in the vehicle's laptop, and one whizzed past the officer's head. Chilson said the officer's life was likely saved when a bullet deflected by a piece of plastic attached to the metal cage for holding prisoners in the back seat of the car.
Police allowed a Standard-Examiner reporter to look inside the vehicle that was being guarded by several officers in a parking lot off 2300 North. The driver's side window was shattered, and a bullet hole was visible in the rear passenger window.
Korey Linford said he was helping some friends remove a truck from a flatbed trailer near 2400 North when a skinny, heavily tattooed man in his early 20s, believed to be the shooting suspect, ran up to the group and began talking about the shooting.
"He comes running up to us and asked us if we saw anything, heard anything," Linford said. "He said he heard a whole bunch of gunshots and he was running to get away from them. He was pretty sketchy."
Linford said the man then ran through some bushes, and one of Linford's friends gave police who arrived on the scene a physical description of the individual.
Openshaw fled on foot through the backyards of several residences and was taken into custody from a shed at his own residence at 250 W. 2300 North.
When officers approached, Openshaw came out of the shed, trying to appear as though he had no idea why police were there.
The officer, who was not identified, has been on the Sunset police force "a short time," said Chilson, who added the officer hasn't been on the force long enough to have any enemies.
He said the officer was shaken up, but "gets to go home tonight."