CEDAR CITY – A man allegedly involved in a shooting Wednesday night who subsequently fled from police has been arrested for attempted murder and other charges.
At approximately 9:35 p.m. Wednesday, Cedar City police heard multiple gunshots in the area of Center and Main Street in downtown Cedar City. A vehicle was observed by officers fleeing the area at a high speed. They attempted to stop the vehicle and a pursuit began. The driver of the vehicle, a 20-year-old male, crashed during the pursuit. After the crash, officers were able to take the suspect safely into custody.
A witness originally reported seeing a subject fleeing from the area of the pursuit on foot. A Utah Highway Patrol helicopter was called upon to assist with the pursuit and containment of the area. This information was quickly dispelled and officers concluded the 20-year-old male was the sole occupant of the vehicle.
Police reported the suspect expressed both suicidal and homicidal intentions; evidence recovered supports those statements.
It was determined that the suspect shot at a moving vehicle in the area from which it fled. The two occupants of the vehicle were not injured, but confirmed that the suspect fired multiple gunshots at them.
The victims appear to have been chosen by the suspect at random.
The suspect was treated at a local area hospital. After his release, he was booked into the Iron County Correctional Facility on:
- Two counts of attempted homicide
- Driving under the influence
- Consumption of alcohol by a minor
- Possession of a firearm while intoxicated
- Discharging firearms from a vehicle
- Reckless endangerment
- Failure to stop/fleeing
- Several other minor traffic offenses
Ed. note: Persons arrested are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
Submitted by: Cedar City Police Department