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Southwest Utah deputies cleared of wrongdoing in shootout

Published January 10, 2014 12:25 pm

Wounded • The suspect is facing multiple felonies.
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Two deputy sheriffs in Iron County have returned to work a month after exchanging gunfire with a suspect.

Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower said the county attorney determined the deputies acted lawfully. County attorneys review such police shootings as standard procedure.

Gower declined to disclose any more details of the investigation or shootout, but said the deputy shot in the left hip during the exchange, Kellen Hudson, is back at work.

Dec. 13, Hudson and Cpl. Jeff Humphries were among peace officers who responded to reports of a suicidal man barricaded in a mobile home at 33 N. Main Street in Kanarraville.

According to court records, when the officers arrived they asked Grant Louise Beidermann, 41, to come outside, but when Biedermann exited the residence, he was carrying a rifle. Officers ordered Biedermann to drop the weapon several times, but he raised the weapon toward the officers and opened fire, according to court documents. Hudson and Humphries fired, too.

A bullet grazed Biedermann's head, and he was hospitalized before being booked into the Iron County jail.

Biedermann has been charged in 5th District Court with two counts of first-degree felony attempted aggravated murder, two counts of third-degree felony assault by a prisoner and one count of class B misdemeanor carrying a dangerous weapon under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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