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Box Elder deputy shoots, kills man trying to run him over

Published October 26, 2012 9:17 pm

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A Box Elder County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man Friday evening after he tried to run the deputy over with his vehicle.

About 8 p.m., the officer saw the man outside his vehicle off of Highway 13 urinating, said Box Elder County Sheriff Lynn Yates. The officer stopped to give the man a warning, but the man gave a fake name.

The officer went back to talk to the man, but he took off in his Volkswagen Jetta.

The officer pursued the man on a slow-speed chase through downtown Corinne, with speeds not exceeding 40 or 50 mph, Yates said. Twice during the chase, the man almost struck the officer's patrol car trying to get away, Yates added.

The officer was able to stop him in a dead-end street in a southwestern area of the city, near the city cemetery. The officer got out of his patrol car to confront the man, who got out of the Jetta and struck the officer. He then got back into his car and tried to run over the officer, Yates said.

That's when the officer shot and killed the man. Yates could not say how many shots were fired.

The man's identity was not immediately available, particularly since he gave a fake name, Yates added.

In all, the whole incident lasted about 15 minutes at the most, Yates said.

Brigham City and Tremonton police are investigating the shooting with the assistance of a detective from the sheriff's office. The officer involved has been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Michael McFall