Man arrested in connection with shooting at protest in Provo

Jesse Taggart. Photo: Utah County

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, July 1, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — The suspect in a shooting Monday night in Provo was arrested Tuesday night in Salt Lake City.

Lt. Mike Hatch, with the Salt Lake City Police Department, said officers located the suspect in the area of 300 East and 300 South, where they could see his vehicle and trailer..

“Officers watched the vehicle until they saw the suspect, then we had a quick-reaction team come in and make an arrest,” Hatch said at the scene.

The suspect was taken into custody “without any problems, no injuries.”

Salt Lake City officers then handed the suspect over to Provo police.

The suspect has been identified as Jesse Taggart, 33, from Salt Lake City. Taggart was booked at the Utah County Jail on charges of attempted aggravated murder, aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, rioting, threatening use of a weapon in a fight or quarrel, criminal mischief and firing a weapon near a highway.

Police also arrested Samantha Darling, 27, from Ogden, and booked her into custody at the Utah County Jail for a charge of obstruction of justice and rioting.

“The Provo Police Department extends its thanks to citizens who gave evidence and testimony to investigators and to allied agencies and officers who assisted this investigation, notably Ogden and Salt Lake City Police Departments,” said a news release from Provo Police Department.

The investigation of criminal acts incident to protest events in Provo Monday night is ongoing. If you have information about the identity of persons involved in damage to vehicles, please contact Det. Nick Patterson at [email protected].

Gephardt Daily will update this developing story as more information becomes available.


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