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Utah man pleads guilty to shooting police car

Published April 30, 2013 2:07 pm

Courts • Zane Openshaw pleaded guilty to first-degree felony attempted murder.
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A 22-year-old Davis County man has pleaded guilty to attempted murder for riddling a passing police car with bullets in December.

Zane Todd Openshaw, of Farmington, was originally charged with attempted aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, for shooting at a police cruiser in Sunset on Dec. 13.

On Monday, Openshaw pleaded guilty to attempted murder, also a first-degree felony. He is facing up to life in prison when he is sentenced on June 17.

According to a probable cause statement filed in 2nd District Court, a Sunset police officer was patrolling the area of 900 W. 2400 North on Dec. 13 when the officer made eye contact with a man walking down the street.

The man, later identified as Openshaw, lifted his shirt and pulled out a gun. Openshaw then shot "several rounds" into the police car, striking the driver door, driver window and driver side window, according to court documents.

The officer was uninjured in the shooting. Several other officers responded to the area, and eventually Openshaw was found in a nearby shed.

After he was arrested, Openshaw allegedly told police that he had been in an argument with his live-in girlfriend and was upset, so he took the gun and left the couple's home. When the police vehicle approached him, he told police that he "fired until the gun was empty knowing that by doing so it would hurt the officer," according to court documents.

Openshaw's has one prior conviction, according to Utah court records. In November 2010, he was charged with third-degree felony arson related to a car fire set at Wheeler Farm in Murray. In December 2010, Openshaw pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of class A misdemeanor attempted arson, for which he was sentenced to six months in jail.

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