Washington City man remains in critical condition after shooting incident

Washington County Sheriff's Office deputy standing watch over the entrance to the crime scene, July 20, 2012 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News.

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.

Jamon Val Cranney, the man allegedly involved in the shooting incident with police in Washington City, Utah, July 20, 2012 | Photo courtesy of the Washington City Police Department.

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.

Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

Twitter: @MoriKessler

Copyright 2012 St. George News.

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5 Comments

  • Firefly July 23, 2012 at 8:17 am

    What would someone expect if you shoot at the police? Given a warning or a ticket and be on your way? Kudos to the Washington Police for protecting the community of Washington City. It is what we pay them for….to put their lives on the line. The suspect could have avoided getting shot…he just made the wrong decision. Now he has to live (?) with the consequences.

  • rjnatpt July 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I am very sorry to hear that Jamon has had so many problems. My heart goes out to his family.

  • Dsull July 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Also thought I would share and interesting study if I can: http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlpp/Vol30_No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf
    Very good study on the effects of gun control VS Population.

  • sugarpickle July 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Hey firefly, the Washington police NEVER should have shot back. Jamon wasn’t shooting to hurt someone and if you did read the article, he was the only person shot AND critically wounded. There were over 25 bullet holes in his car, not to mention the 3 bullet wounds officers left in his leg, back and stomach. The St. George police like to take their authority and run with it. If anyone needs to be reprimanded, it’s the police force in this city. AMEN

  • aaa July 30, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Really? He wasn’t shooting to hurt anyone? What the heck was he shooting for then? Pretty plain and simple to me…I believe the police did what they should have in this case.The reason why he was the only one shot and is in critical condition is because he was the only one in the car.. When you run from an officer, shoot at them, and then not comply to their commands, THIS is what happens. Good Job Washington City PD for doing a great job in this incident!

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