Man who fled to Colorado after Utah police shooting faces assault charges

The Indiana man is awaiting extradition to Utah.

(Murray City Police Department) According to police, this vehicle rammed a police car and hit a parked vehicle on Wednesday evening before a police shooting near the Fashion Place Mall.

A suspected car thief who Murray police opened fire on while the man rammed a patrol car as he tried to escape has been charged with a handful of felonies and misdemeanors.

According to charging documents, on Wednesday at about 7:20 p.m., Kelsey Raymond Robinson, 28, of Indianapolis, was stopped at 6191 S. State Street for unspecified traffic violations. The officer spoke with Robinson, then learned that the Chevrolet Captiva he was driving had been reported stolen. The officer called for backup, and a second officer arrived.

As the first officer opened the driver’s door of the Captiva, Robinson “put the car in reverse and accelerated at high speed,” according to the affidavit, and the second officer was “nearly hit” by the vehicle. The first officer was hit by the driver’s door and jumped into the Captiva to “avoid being hit by Robinson’s vehicle.”

After Robinson reversed, ramming a police car, he then accelerated forward, hitting a parked car and causing “extensive damage.” The first officer was able to get out of the Captiva and fired “multiple rounds” at Robinson. That officer was treated and released at a hospital for a concussion and arm and leg injuries.

Robinson was later arrested near Denver early Thursday. According to Murray police, he suffered unspecified, “non-life threatening injuries” when he made his escape and was shot at by the Murray police officer.

Robinson has been charged in 3rd District Court with two counts of assault on a peace officer, second-degree felonies; failure to respond to an officer’s order to stop, a third-degree felony; failure to remain at the scene of a crash involving injury, a Class A misdemeanor; and two counts of causing a crash with property damage, Class B misdemeanors.

He is being held in Colorado pending extradition to Utah. Prosecutors have requested that he be held without bail.