New details, suspects’ names revealed after officer-involved shooting in Southern Utah

Michael Salvador Torres (left) and Jose Flores. Photos: Iron County

PAROWAN, Utah, June 30, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Iron County officials have revealed the names of the female suspect shot Thursday in Parowan, those of two male suspects charged in the case, and that of the officer who fired the bullets.

Officers from Parowan and Enoch police departments and the Iron County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene, at Parowan Travel America located near 1150 N. 100 West, at 11:35 a.m., on a report of a car burglary.

Police confronted two suspects, now identified as Ivonne Casimiro, 29, and Jose Martin Flores, 34, both from Las Vegas.

“Upon arrival, officers confronted an adult male and female,” says a statement from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office.

“The female was holding a screwdriver in her hand. An altercation ensued and shots were fired by Enoch City Police Corporal Jeremy Dunn.”

Casimiro was hit twice in the leg, the statement says.

“Officer began to treat Casimiro until medical personnel arrived on scene. No officers were injured in the incident. Casimiro was transported to Cedar City Hospital then later to Dixie Regional Medical Center for treatment of her non-life threatening injuries to her leg.”

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Flores was taken into custody at that time and has been booked into the Iron County Jail on charges of:

  • Possession of a stolen vehicle
  • Two counts of burglary of a vehicle

His bail is set at $30,000.

Casimiro will be charged after she is released from the hospital. The statement said that charges are expected to include:

  • Possession of a stolen vehicle
  • Two counts of burlary of a vehicle
  • Failure to comply with a lawful order of a peace officer
  • Two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer

A second male police say was involved in the burglary operation fled the scene and was the subject of a manhunt for more than five hours before he was located. That suspect has been identified as Michael Salvador Torres, 24, of Las Vegas. He has been booked on charges of:

  • Possession of a stolen vehicle
  • Two counts of burglary of a vehicle
  • Theft

Torres is being held on $20,000 cash-only bail.

The Iron County Critical Incident Task Force is investigating the case due to the officer’s involvement.

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