Rangely officer fires warning shots at suspect

RANGELY - A man wanted for stealing a motorcycle in Utah is in custody after leading authorities on a short pursuit where a Rangely officer fired two warning shots into the air.

Police say the suspect took a motorcycle in Jensen, Utah just before 7:10 a.m. He’s also believed to have stolen “a bunch of cash” from a business.

A Rangely officer saw the man pull into the local Loaf and Jug a little over an hour later. While the suspect initially complied when the officer asked him to get on the ground, he then stood up and ran away toward a brushy field near Colorado Highway 64.

Police say the officer called for the man to stop, and fired one warning shot into the air. This made the suspect fall to the ground as a Rio Blanco County deputy started to follow him. The suspect then stood up and ran again toward Highway 64 – prompting the officer to fire a second warning shot.

The suspect kept running, police say, but tripped and fell. That’s when a deputy was able to subdue him with a stun gun and take him into custody.

As the whole incident was going on, officers were preparing for parade detail at SeptemberFest, which was slated to be held in the area.

No weapons were found on the suspect. Utah authorities will search the motorcycle.

Police have not yet identified the man they arrest. They say he was booked into the Rio Blanco County Jail for obstruction of a government operation and resisting arrest.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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