News short: Man remains at large after LaVerkin police pursuit

LAVERKIN – An incident involving police in the LaVerkin-area Sunday evening became a topic of inquiry and concern for some St. George News readers as initial information circulating raised questions regarding the nature and extent of the incident.

LaVerkin police Chief Lloyd Watkins confirmed that officers attempted to stop a man on an ATV Sunday who “took off and fled” when police originally approached him.

At no time during the pursuit was any gunfire exchanged between officers and the suspect, and nobody was shot, Watkins said.

The police chief said one officer drew a firearm while trying to get the ATV rider to stop. It is standard procedure for officers to draw their weapons during a “felony pursuit,” Watkins said, that is, fleeing from officers and triggering a pursuit. “We assume they have a weapon until proven otherwise,” he said.

The man was able to get away from pursuing officers, though Watkins said the man is believed to be known by police. “He’s been in and out of the system,” he said.

Though the police have yet to apprehend him, Watkins said the man is not believed to be a threat to the public.

Washington County Sheriff’s deputies also responded to incidents in LaVerkin on Sunday, Det. Nate Abbott said but likewise confirmed there was no incident indicating an officer involved shooting.

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1 Comment

  • My Evil Twin February 24, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    So where does the question of officer involved shooting come from? Did you guys pull it out of your backsides, to give you something to write about?

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