Police seeking person of interest in Walgreens gunshot incident

Crime scene at Walgreens, 391 W. St. George Blvd., St. George, Utah, Feb. 12, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Mari Yunker, St. George News
Fred C. Wesberry | Photo courtesy of the St. George Police Department, St. George News
Fred C. Wesberry | Photo courtesy of the St. George Police Department, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – The police are seeking a person of interest following a gunfire incident that took place Wednesday night.

Around 7:20 p.m., Wednesday, the St. George Police responded to a report of a gunshot in the parking lot of Walgreens at 391 West St. George Blvd., in St. George. On initial statement Wednesday, police said the man shot at did not know the suspect and they had no suspect at the time.

As the investigation developed, the police said Thursday that the gun was discharged in connection with a robbery arising from a pre-arranged meeting between the two men.

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

“Through the course of the investigation we have learned that the robbery was the result of a pre-arranged meeting between the victim and suspect relating to a drug transaction,” the police said. “The exchange was supposed to have taken place inside a vehicle in the parking lot of Walgreens.”

One of the men in the car had a gun and a struggle resulted, causing the gun to fire. The bullet exited through the car’s rear window and impacted a nearby building. No one was injured.

The suspect fled the area prior to police arrival. The man reportedly shot at is cooperating with police, the statement released Thursday said.

Officers have identified Fred C. Wesberry, 28, of St. George as a person of interest in this case. Wesberry is wanted for questioning in regard to the incident at Walgreens.

If anyone has any information about this incident or the whereabouts of Wesberry please contact the St. George Police Department at 435-627-4300.

St. George News Editor-in-Chief Joyce Kuzmanic contributed to this report.

Ed. correction: The man shot “at” initially said he did not know the suspect, he was not shot. Second paragraph corrected.

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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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7 Comments

  • Illegal February 13, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Nope. Doesn’t look like an ‘illegal’ to me.

    • KanabCowgirl February 13, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      Ya, he don’t look like an “illegal”. But, what he did certainly is illegal.

      • Illegal February 14, 2014 at 10:13 am

        Well, you know, the white folk populace here tends to jump to the conclusion that all crimes are committed by those darn “illegals” where the crimes are actually committed by their very own, some who were born and raised in this town.

  • Mean momma February 13, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Why does this article say police said the man shot did not know the suspect? No one was shot.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic February 14, 2014 at 6:50 am

      Shot “at,” thanks Mean momma, so corrected.
      JK
      EIC

  • Bender February 14, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Had there been more armed citizens present I am sure this never would have happened. What do I have to do to convince everyone to carry full-time? More guns = less shots being fired! Wake up sheeples!!!!! Help me out here DoubleTap.

  • No judgement here October 7, 2014 at 10:18 am

    This man is an amazing person and just got caught up in the wrong way for a while but he is making his life worth something and has an amazing heart. I know that he his trying his hardest to do the next right thing. Have compassion. It makes you a better person all around.

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