Man who shot Unified officer sentenced up to life in prison

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) A man convicted of attempted murder after shooting a Unified police officer could spend the rest of his life in prison. 

Jeremy Michael Bowden, 34, was sentenced Thursday to five years to life for attempted aggravated murder, one to 15 years for felony possession of a stolen vehicle and one to 15 years for obstructing justice. Ordered to be ran consecutively. 

Four other counts of felony discharge of a firearm, a sentence of three to five years, were ordered to be ran concurrent to the prior charges.  

Bowden was arrested after an incident on October 30, 2015 when a Unified officer noticed a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of an internet cafe at 38 West 7200 South. Bowden was observed getting into the vehicle after leaving the business. 

The officer attempted to stop Bowden from leaving in the stolen vehicle but Bowden ran from the car and towards a car wash at 150 West 7200 South. 

Another officer, Cory Tsouras, had arrived on scene to provide backup and was driving along Bowden as he ran towards the car wash. Bowden opened fire on the officer, hitting him in the chest. 

Tsouras then turned his car around and fired two shots at who he thought was Bowden trying to get inside the car wash. 

It was later discovered the man Tsouras shot was not Bowden but a bystander who was caught in the crossfire. 30-year-old Dustin Evans was shot once in the leg and once in the arm as he tried to take cover inside the car wash.

Bowden was found after he scaled a fence a few blocks away from the incident. The use of a Taser was required in order to take him into custody. 

The Salt Lake District Attorney’s Office later found the shooting of Evans was not legally justified however no criminal charges were filed against Tsouras. 

Both Evans and Tsouras survived their injuries. 

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