Utah Highway Patrol and Utah County investigators are looking into the late Tuesday night shooting and wounding of a fugitive by Millard County sheriff’s deputies.
A statement Wednesday from Millard County Sheriff Robert Dekker’s office said the incident began about 7 p.m. Tuesday when deputies, accompanied by a Utah Adult Probation and Parole agent, tried to pull over a pickup truck driven by 42-year-old George Finlinson.
Finlinson’s family and mental health workers reportedly had requested the Oak City man be taken into custody to get emergency psychiatric treatment, for unspecified reasons.
When a traffic stop was attempted, the sheriff’s office alleged, Finlinson turned and rammed a patrol vehicle, disabling it, and then struck and damaged three more cruisers responding to the scene. He also is alleged to have attempted to run over a deputy who was on foot.
Fearing for their safety, officers fired shots, striking Finlinson at least once. Still, he fought officers as they moved in to subdue him, the sheriff’s office said, and one deputy sustained minor injuries.
The Utah County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting, while UHP will review the collisions.
Other than confirming FInlinson was alive and in an unspecified hospital, the Millard County Sheriff’s Office did not release any other details on his condition Wednesday.
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