A man was hospitalized after a Utah County deputy shot him in the shoulder in Spanish Fork in the early hours of Monday morning.
The 38-year-old Springville man was driving a car that had been used in two other incidents involving police over the weekend, said Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon. The car was stopped Sunday in Lehi on suspicion of traffic violations, and then in American Fork, where the driver led police on a chase.
Spanish Fork police spotted the vehicle again just after midnight Monday, Cannon said. The officer went around the block and when the officer returned, the car was gone.
The officer called for backup, and other Spanish Fork officers and Utah County deputies responded to the area. Police found the car again near 50 South and 200 East and surrounded the suspect.
The man attempted to flee, Cannon said, and in so doing ran over the foot of a deputy and hit him hard enough that the deputy went up onto the windshield.
Another deputy fired one shot at the suspect, hitting him in the shoulder, according to Cannon.
The suspect was then taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. The deputy was taken to the hospital, treated for minor injuries and released. Cannon said that once the suspect is released from the hospital, he will be booked into the Utah County Jail.
The man’s criminal history includes mostly drug- and theft-related charges that began 20 years ago. At the time of the shooting, there was a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear in court in West Jordan for drug-related charges.
This was the second shooting involving a Utah law enforcement officer in a period of less than 12 hours. On Sunday afternoon, a West Valley City police officer shot and killed a man who broke into a home with three children inside.