Man fires shot during encounter in Walgreens parking lot

Crime scene at Walgreens, 391 W. St. George Blvd., St. George, Utah, Feb. 12, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Mari Yunker, St. George News

UPDATE Feb. 13, 2014 – Police investigation into this incident has developed further details, and a person of interest in the matter.  See story here: Police seeking person of interest in Walgreens gunshot incident

  ST. GEORGE – Police responded to a report of a shot fired during an encounter between two men in the parking lot of Walgreens on St. George Boulevard Wednesday night.

Police were dispatched at 7:20 p.m. when a man reported that another man had pulled a gun on him, St. George Police Sgt. Rich Triplett said. During the encounter a shot was fired.

No one was injured and the man who reported the incident did not know the suspect, Triplett said.

The incident occurred in the parking lot of Walgreens. “As far as we can tell,” Triplett said, “it didn’t have anything to do with the store.”

Triplett said he did not know what was the catalyst for the incident. “We don’t really have much of any suspect information,” he said.

This is a developing story, the police investigation is ongoing. 

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Crime scene at Walgreens, 391 W. St. George Blvd., St. George, Utah, Feb. 12, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Mari Yunker, St. George News
Crime scene at Walgreens, 391 W. St. George Blvd., St. George, Utah, Feb. 12, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Mari Yunker, St. George News

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  • Simone February 13, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Stories like this accentuate the need for gun control laws. I don’t care what Republicans or the NRA says, there are only two surefire ways to prevent stupid actions like this:

    1.) Give everyone a gun after a certain age and train them how to use it like they do in Switzerland or;

    2.) Completely take guns away from everyone including most police officers like they do in the UK.

    The first option would work because EVERYONE would be armed and trained Who in their right mind would commit a rime like this if they knew there was a VERY HIGH chance that the other person was armed and trained?

    Option 2 would remove all guns from MOST citizens. This includes the vast majority of Police Officers. The very few that have access to guns would be highly trained in its use, be able to pass a slew of psychological, physical, written and background checks and tests ensuring within reasonable accommodation that that the gun owner had never and will never commit any crimes beyond one or two small traffic violations. The logic here is If you remove a persons access to guns, there will be no gun crimes.

    I know that most people who read this thread will disagree with me and that’s fine. This is America and they have the right to their opinion. As should be obvious by now, I support gun control legislation. I own a gun and I carry it when I travel out of town for my own protection but if a law was passed that required me to register my gun, submit to a background check or even surrender my gun I would happily obey the law. IF Option 1 were passed, I would also willingly show up for any further training required by the new law.

    There was some uproar a while back when Gun control legislation was before our representatives in Utah. I do not recall the exact situation but I am sure it had something to do with background checks in the sales process. I fully support background checks on prospective gun owners. Like it or not, a persons background can be very revealing. Without background checks we would have no way of knowing whether or not the prospective gun owner has committed a gun related offense in the past or is a known felon. If they did it once, they can do it again. If I went to purchase a gun and they wanted to do a background check prior to completing the sale, I would submit willingly. Why? I have nothing to hide. I know that most people who go to purchase a gun are decent, hardworking people who would never even think of committing a crime. I can’t imagine why people would have a problem with a background check. My experience in situations like this has taught me that people who refuse to submit to things like that have something to hide. Frankly, If you go in some store to buy and gun and refuse the background check, You should not be able to finish buying the gun until you do and your record comes back clear.

    • dane February 13, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Yeah gun control? Come on just be smart. Blah blah blah about gun control that post is a joke. Just don’t be a dumb …. If we are talking about gun control they better get on alcohol control also last time I checked it kills people more then guns do. Just don’t be a dumb ….
      Ed. ellipses.

    • kade February 13, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Taking guns away from everyone would never work. Never has never will. The bad guys are still bad guys and usually still have guns anyways. More redponsible armed citizens is the only way to go

    • Yeah Right February 13, 2014 at 9:40 am

      Right! Because the criminals who buy illegal guns now will follow this law just like the others. What amazes me most is how naive you people are to think that taking away a right from law abiding citizens, it will stop the criminals too. Just a completely wrong way to think.

  • Certified "Gun Nut" February 13, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Actually Simone, no one really gives a right rip about what you think. Or think you think. Now maybe if you ever had an original idea in your entire life, it might make a difference. But I doubt it.

    • Simone February 13, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Why reply then? For that matter, would you care to share any ideas or thoughts of your own on this matter? Or is that your thing? You go around posting mean spirited comments to impress others on an anonymous message board?

  • Me February 13, 2014 at 9:25 am

    ^^^^ Sheep say baaaa…..

  • WOW February 13, 2014 at 9:48 am

    What a great idea!!!! take away everyone’s guns. it worked so well with drugs…….now nobody has drugs, there are no overdoses, no gang crime no ruined lives……..oh wait.

  • roger February 13, 2014 at 10:03 am

    paragraphs are your friends

  • Bub February 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

    This is a right-wingers dream come true — it’s just like an old fashioned wild west shootout they dream about!

    • Rick February 13, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      Wait a minute, I’m a “right-winger” , I have a carry permit, and carry every day. A ” wild west shootout” would scare the heck out me. The last thing I want to do is find myself in situation where I would have to fire my weapon at another human being. Don’t get me wrong, I WILL defend myself and my family, but remember, when seconds count, the Police are minutes away.

      • Simone February 13, 2014 at 8:17 pm

        Rick, thank you for providing the first and probably only not so mean spirited comment on this thread.

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