TUESDAY 9/14/2021 6:07 a.m.
BEAVER, Utah (ABC4) – Three people were taken into custody amid an active gunman incident that closed part of I-15 in Beaver County Monday evening.
At around 5:15 p.m. Monday, Utah Highway Patrol reports one of its sergeants tried to stop a vehicle on I-15 near milepost 117 for speeding. The vehicle fled and the sergeant pursued it.
As the pursuit continued northbound on I-15 through Beaver County, the vehicle pulled into the median and stopped. The driver then fled on foot westbound, crossing the southbound lanes, and running into the foothills west of I-15.
There were two passengers in the car as well. The sergeant, instead of pursuing the driver, took those individuals into custody with the help of a Beaver County Sheriff’s deputy. Additional troopers, deputies, and officers from nearby agencies responding and began establishing containment for the suspect.
State officials with the Bureau of Investigation were contacted to gather additional information on the driver and the two suspects in custody. Two canine teams were deployed with a helicopter overhead to locate the missing driver.
According to UHP, while canine teams were working through the area, the suspect began firing rounds from a handgun at the canine teams and the helicopter from a concealed and undetermined location. As the canine teams pulled out of the area, tactical teams were called in to assist.
As these teams were deploying, UHP says the suspect fired several more rounds. The Department of Public Safety helicopter crew was able to quickly find the suspect’s location, allowing tactical teams to put a plan in motion to apprehend him.
UHP reports the suspect surrendered without further incident and was safely taken into custody. No officers or suspects were injured, and UHP says this event is an example of how multi-agency coordination can “end a bad situation with the best possible outcome.”
Police searching for gunman on I-15 near Beaver
MONDAY 9/13/2021 8:09 p.m.
BEAVER, Utah (ABC4) – Police are responding to an active gunman incident on I-15 near Beaver Monday evening.
While details surrounding the incident are limited, Sgt. Cameron Roden with the Utah Highway Patrol tells ABC4 the incident started with a pursuit that ended near mile marker 122 on I-15.
After the pursuit ended, a suspect got out of the vehicle and ran off.
The suspect then fired shots at officers. Fortunately, no officers were hit by the gunfire.
Southbound I-15 and Westbound I-15 at I-70 have been closed as well as Northbound I-15 at exit 95 to SR-20 as law enforcement continues their search for the suspect.
While drivers are asked to avoid the area, UHP says there is no threat to the public at this time.
This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.