UPDATED: ‘Armed and dangerous’ fugitive apprehended by K-9 in Virgin following crash

Scene from crash where Collin Eddie Campbell fled following police pursuit Thursday morning near Virgin, Utah, March 26, 2020 | Photo by Ron Chaffin, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Law enforcement officers are currently searching the area of state Route 9 and Sheeps Bridge Road near Virgin, where the fugitive Collin Eddie Campbell, 41, is believed to be following crashing a stolen vehicle taken from Hurricane earlier.

Collin Eddie Campbell, 41, is being sought by authorities, booking photos taken in Washington County, Utah, date not specified | Photos courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

Updated March 26, 9:37 a.m. – The suspect was apprehended just before 9 a.m. by a K-9 team and is in police custody at this time. Additional details are forthcoming.

Hurricane Police Officer Ken Thompson confirmed Thursday morning that Hurricane Police, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Springdale Police and Zion National Park law enforcement were pursuing someone they believed was Campbell. Zion law enforcement was also using a helicopter in the search.

A reverse 911 message was sent out to Virgin area residents shortly after 7:15 a.m. that stated: “Several law enforcement agencies are in the area of Virgin searching for a suspect that fled from the scene of a vehicle accident. At this time we are asking that citizens be cautious and aware of the increased police presence. We are not asking for volunteers.”

Campbell is wanted on warrants from several jurisdictions and considered armed and dangerous. He allegedly fled from Utah Highway Patrol troopers near Desert Color Parkway Tuesday evening.

Campbell has had numerous run-ins with police and has made a number of threats toward law enforcement, UHP Trooper Mike Murphy said, adding that the suspect has said “he would not go back to jail without a gunfight” and made other similar comments during previous interactions with police.

St. George News is on the scene. This is a developing story.

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