OGDEN, Utah (News4Utah) – A man has been arrested after allegedly shooting another man during altercation at a mall in Ogden on Saturday.
Charging documents show Octavio Estrada-Mendez,20, was arrested on Saturday just after 8 when police said he was involved in an altercation with another male at the Newgate Mall.
Mendez was reported to have been at the mall with his girlfriend and young son when the suspect and another man exchanged words inside the mall and Mendez told the victim they could “take this outside.”
The parties went out to the parking lot separately and the victim and his girlfriend were walking towards their vehicle when Mendez approached them and fired one round from a handgun that struck the victim in the upper left torso. His injury is not life-threatening and he is expected to survive.
Mendez quickly got into the driver’s seat of his girlfriends pick-up truck and quickly drove away.
A South Ogden Police Detective was in the area and heard the gunshot. He also witnessed the pick-up truck pull away from the scene at a high rate of speed. The detective immediately activated his emergency lights and pursued the truck. Marked patrol units were able to take over the pursuit.
Police said the pursuit lasted several minutes, was at speeds of more than 70 mph, and occurred on busy roads and intersections throughout the city and at times Mendez drove the truck the wrong way roads, almost causing several traffic accidents.
Mendez stopped the car in the 1100 block of 23rd St., exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Police were able to catch up with Mendez who resisted arrest before being taken into custody.
A search warrant was obtained for the truck Mendez was driving where police found a loaded 9mm handgun under the front seat, a backpack containing 217 grams of marijuana, 31 grams of a methamphetamine, a digital scale and packaging materials.
Mendez girlfriend told police she pleaded with him several times to at least stop the truck and let her and their son out but he refused.
Mendez is a convicted felon and is restricted from possessing firearms.
He was booked into the Weber County Jail for attempted murder, kidnapping, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, failing to stop at the command of law enforcement, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, child endangerment, and interfering with an arresting officer.