UPDATE 11:40 p.m. appended at the close of this report.
CEDAR CITY – A motorcyclist is in custody of Cedar City police tonight after fleeing an attempted traffic stop, shooting another motorcyclist and colliding with a vehicle.
It all happened within a range of a few blocks around 5:40 p.m. when a Cedar City Police Officer attempted to stop a motorcyclist for a moving violation, Cedar City Police Admin. Sgt. Jimmy Roden said. Instead of stopping for the officer, the motorcyclist – James Alan Reynolds – turned around and headed in the opposite direction with the officer continuing to try to get him to stop.
As Reynolds rode north on Main Street, Roden said the officer noticed he was in possession of a firearm.
Reynolds then allegedly fired the weapon multiple times at another motorcyclist who was also traveling north in the same direction. Roden said that the 21-year-old victim was struck with multiple rounds from Reynold’s weapon.
The shooting occurred at about 800 North Main Street, he said, where “the victim’s motorcycle left the roadway and crashed.”
Delaina Dutton witnessed part of the pursuit, and described it in an email to St. George News:
I saw the motorcycle as I was leaving Lind with a cedar city police car right on his tail. We pulled over in front of the park so they could pass and I remember thinking he was stupid for not stopping. Then in my rear view I saw him blow through the red light and the cop followed suit. We pulled back out on our way and got down to just about la fiesta the restaurant. On main and every sheriff in town came screaming up toward us lights and sirens. we pulled over and I could see to my right a guy laying in the grass and first responders were attending to him. We finally managed to get out of the way, literally we were ten feet away, and kept heading home I happened to look in the parking lot of MCO tires and saw the motorcycle on it’s side under a white Ford pick up.
With the officer still in pursuit, the suspect Reynolds continued riding southbound on Main Street to Center Street where he collided with a westbound passenger vehicle carrying two people, ending the chase.
The collision caused minor injuries to the two occupants of the passenger vehicle and to Reynolds. Roden said the vehicle occupants were taken to Valley View Medical Center by private transport.
The shooting victim is a 21-year-old man whose name is not being released at this time. According to a written statement issued by the Police Department, and confirmed by an Iron County Dispatch officer at 9:50 p.m., the victim was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center where he is receiving treatment for his injuries and he is listed in serious condition.
The Police Department has no indication at this time that either the suspect or the shooting victim was involved in any kind of motorcycle gang, Roden said, also that they do not have any reason to believe that anyone else was involved.
“Right now,” Roden said, “it appears to be deliberate, he fired multiple shots at the victim and struck him multiple times. We do not know the motive but we do believe it was deliberate.”
Reynolds is in police custody and is being treated for his injuries at Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City.
Criminal charges have not yet been filed but will be forthcoming. When Reynolds is released from the hospital, he will be booked into the Iron County Correctional Facility.
This is an open case and officers were still investigating the crime scene at 8:45 p.m.
“Scary stuff for our sleepy town,” Dutton said.
UPDATE 11:40 p.m. According to Iron County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Bookings website, James Alan Reynolds, 55, was booked into Iron County Correctional Facility this evening on charges of second-degree felony failure to respond to officer’s signal to stop – fleeing – causing property damage, bodily injury; class-B misdemeanor discharging of firearm from a vehicle, class-B misdemeanor reckless driving, third-degree felony possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, and second-degree felony murder II.
The felony murder II charge encompasses intent to murder whether or not the victim died, Iron County Dispatcher Karen Orton said. The shooting victim in this incident remains listed in serious condition at Dixie Regional Medical Center, she said.
Ed. note: 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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