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Utah Highway Patrol arrests suspect after ‘active gunman’ reported on Interstate 15

Suspect reportedly fired repeatedly at officers and a police helicopter, but no one was hit.

The Salt Lake Tribune

A man who reportedly fired multiple shots at police officers, police dogs and a police helicopter on Monday night, forcing a shutdown of Interstate 15 and Interstate 70 near Beaver, has been taken into custody. No one was injured, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, an officer tried to pull over a speeding car — going 100 mph in an 80 mph zone — near northbound mile marker 117 at about 5:13 p.m. The vehicle fled and the UHP trooper pursued. At about mile marker 122, the fleeing car pulled into the median and stopped, and the driver fled on foot across southbound lanes and into the foothills west of I-15.

Two passengers in the car were taken into custody, and I-15 was shut down for several hours.

About 50 officers from several police agencies joined the search for the suspect. According to the UHP, the suspect fired a handgun multiple times at canine teams and a police helicopter. The canine teams pulled out, and tactical teams from the state Department of Public Safety, Beaver County, Iron County and St. George were deployed — and, according to police, the suspect fired several more times.

The suspect was located by the helicopter and, when the tactical teams moved in, he surrendered. No one was injured, according to UHP.

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