WASHINGTON – Washington City Police officers were involved in a shooting in the Washington Fields area Friday afternoon.
Ed Kantor, Washington City Police Department’s public information officer, said in a statement that, at approximately 3:20 p.m. Friday, an officer attempted to stop a driver, Jamon Val Cranney*, 36, of Washington City, for a traffic violation. When the officer attempted contact, the driver fled southbound in the vehicle on Washington Fields Road.
Choosing not to pursue the vehicle through a residential area, the officer issued an “Attempt to Locate” call via dispatch for the driver and vehicle.
Cranney’s vehicle was spotted a short while later by Washington City police officers while patrolling near 3650 South Washington Fields Road. They also attempted to stop the vehicle. At this time Cranney allegedly fired several shots at the officers.
The officers returned fire and struck the driver. Cranney was treated at the scene by medical personnel and transported via medical helicopter to Intermountain Healthcare’s Dixie Regional Medical Center. The pursuit concluded near the intersection of 3650 South and KD-Jo Lane.
Cranney’s current condition has been listed as critical.
No officers or other civilians were injured and there are no public safety concerns in the area at this time.
The ongoing investigation is now being conducted by the Washington County Attorneys Office Critical Incident Investigation Team.
Officers were still on the scene as of 8 p.m. Friday.
* There is no question as to the person named being involved in this incident. Persons arrested are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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