North Logan • A 34-year-old man was on pain pills for a back problem when he was shot four times by police inside a northern Utah hospital emergency room, a family member said.
Jason Burr was sent to the emergency room at Cache Valley Hospital in North Logan after being told he needed immediate surgery, said Gar Workman, the grandfather of Burr’s wife, Cassy Burr.
After he was turned away for help, Burr returned to the emergency room with two handguns on Friday morning, Workman said.
“Jason had some serious back problems,” he told The Herald Journal of Logan.
Workman said Burr was on strong pain medication at the time, and he thinks Burr was not in his right mind.
“I guess the pain was really intensive, so he took all the pills that he had,” he said.
Burr was shot after he made demands and pulled out the two guns, police said. He was injured by two probation officers who happened to be with a parolee at the hospital, located about 85 miles north of Salt Lake City. Nobody else was injured.
Burr, who suffered chest wounds, was listed in critical condition at a Salt Lake City hospital.
“With a little luck he could live. But right now no one has an idea or not,” Workman said, adding he was unsure if Burr’s guns were loaded.