Suspect in officer-involved shooting allegedly shot at truck on highway

Jan 17 2013 - 2:56pm

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The scene of a police involved shooting at 650 W. State Street in Farmington on Wednesday, January 16, 2013  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
The scene of a police involved shooting at 650 W. State Street in Farmington on Wednesday, January 16, 2013  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
The scene of a police involved shooting at 650 W. State Street in Farmington on Wednesday, January 16, 2013  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
The scene of a police involved shooting at 650 W. State Street in Farmington on Wednesday, January 16, 2013  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
The scene of a police involved shooting at 650 W. State Street in Farmington on Wednesday, January 16, 2013  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
The scene of a police involved shooting at 650 W. State Street in Farmington on Wednesday, January 16, 2013  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
The scene of a police involved shooting at 650 W. State Street in Farmington on Wednesday, January 16, 2013  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
The scene of a police involved shooting at 650 W. State Street in Farmington on Wednesday, January 16, 2013  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
The scene of a police involved shooting at 650 W. State Street in Farmington on Wednesday, January 16, 2013  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
The scene of a police involved shooting at 650 W. State Street in Farmington on Wednesday, January 16, 2013  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
The scene of a police involved shooting at 650 W. State Street in Farmington on Wednesday, January 16, 2013  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
The scene of a police involved shooting at 650 W. State Street in Farmington on Wednesday, January 16, 2013  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
The scene of a police involved shooting at 650 W. State Street in Farmington on Wednesday, January 16, 2013  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
The scene of a police involved shooting at 650 W. State Street in Farmington on Wednesday, January 16, 2013  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)

 

FARMINGTON -- Police shot at and took into custody an individual suspected of firing randomly at a vehicle Wednesday afternoon on Legacy Highway.

The incident began around 5 p.m. when dispatchers received several calls that someone in a gray passenger vehicle had shot at a white pickup truck on Legacy Highway, said Farmington Police Chief Wayne Hansen. The occupants of the truck were not injured.

The gray vehicle left Legacy at Park Lane and was spotted by police. A vehicle pursuit ensued through several neighborhoods, Hansen said.

At some point during the pursuit, shots were exchanged between the suspect and a Farmington Police officer and Davis County Sheriff's deputy. The incident ended around 650 West State Street, just a few blocks from the Davis County Justice Complex.

Hansen said early Wednesday night that the suspect was wounded and taken to Davis Hospital. See Hansen's first news conference from the scene here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ssDwY3Ad-c&feature=youtu.be

 However, at a 9:15 p.m. news conference at the scene, Hansen clarified that the suspect was not hit by gunfire and was treated at the hospital for superficial injuries and was then released from the hospital. The suspect was being questioned by  police late Wednesday night.

The officers involved were not injured.

Yellow crime scene tape roped off a police vehicle, driven by officers involved in the shooting and the suspect's car. Law enforcement personnel from several agencies processed the scene amid temperatures that dipped into the low teens.

Hansen identified the suspect as a 37-year-old man who has several addresses along the Wasatch Front. He said police know the man's identity but will not release his name until he is booked in jail. A motive for the shooting has not yet been determined.

The suspect was driving a rented Toyota Camry with Texas license plates, said Hansen. Based on preliminary interviews with the suspect, it is believed he may be responsible for a similar shooting on Interstate 215 on Tuesday.

The Farmington police officer involved in the exchange of gunfire has been placed on administrative leave. Information wasn't available regarding the Davis Sheriff's deputy.

Hansen said it's fortunate none of the officers were injured in the incident. "It's lucky we don't have dead officers," he said.

It isn't clear what the man will be booked on, but Hansen said he faces "substantial charges." 

The shooting will be investigated by a multijurisdictional task force. 

 

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