WEST WENDOVER Nevada (ABC4 Utah) – An Ogden man was shot by police after becoming involved in a shootout Thursday night.
A spokesman for the Elko County Sheriff’s Office said 30-year old Christopher Anthony Martinez was shot three times by police. He survived and is under arrest recovering in a Salt Lake City hospital.
Andrew Shumaker was pulling out of a fast food restaurant when he saw a gray vehicle pass in front of him and then crashed into a fence along Wendover Boulevard.
“He gets out and starts firing,” Shumaker said. “He starts firing and the officers were right behind him when he ran into the fence.”
And West Wendover Nevada police which were chasing him, got out of their cars and returned fire.
“They (bullets) hit police cars,” said Lt. Kevin McKinney with the Elko County Sheriff’s Department. “Police cars were struck multiple times.”
McKinney said no officers were injured during the gun battle.
Shumaker saw the suspect get hit.
“I saw his legs and stuff get taken out (and) in the lower parts of his chest,” he said. “They were trying to immobilize him not take him out entirely.”
Shumaker said the suspect fell to the ground and crawled underneath the vehicle.
“It looked like he didn’t have any more energy and crawled beneath the front bumper in his car,” he said.
And that’s when Martinez was arrested and transportged to a Salt Lake hospital.
“He is 30-years old and is from the Ogden area,” said Lt. McKinney. “We also received some information that he may be connected to a bank robbery yesterday (Thursday) in Ogden.”
Mckinney said Ogden police released a photograph taken from bank surveillance believed to be Martinez. The robbery occurred at the Mountain America Credit Union.
Friday morning, Wendover Boulevard remained closed by authorities. A bomb squad was called in after police discovered an explosive device along with several weapons in the vehicle. They rendered it safe.
“They said it was explosive device,” said Lt. McKinney. “They said it wasn’t very well made but it was potentially explosive.”
Prior to the shootout, Martinez allegedly entered the Southern Exposure nightclub and became violent when the doorman asked for identification.
“He pulled out a handgun, hit the doorman in the head with the handgun and then fired a round into the bar,” said Lt. McKinney.
He took off and about two miles later, with police on his tail crashed into the fence.
“I was so stunned,” said Shumaker. “It was like a movie.”