Police respond to officer-involved shooting in Provo; passing motorist wounded

A bullet-riddled pickup truck is stopped on northbound I-15 after the driver exchanged gunfire with police during a high-speed chase. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

PROVO, Utah, Dec. 20, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Police from multiple agencies responded to the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Provo Wednesday night.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office told Gephardt Daily it all began around 6 p.m. in the parking lot of a Nephi gas station.

Witnesses told police a man – identified as Arturo Ray Gallemore-Jimenez – had been asking patrons for gas money and became angry after locking his keys inside his truck.

They say Gallemore-Jimenez then pulled a weapon and shot out the windows of his own vehicle in order to gain access.

He drove north on Interstate 15, where Utah County sheriff’s deputies joined state troopers in an attempted traffic stop. Cannon said the suspect shot at the officers, who then returned fire.

The chase came to an end several miles later when there was another exchange of gunfire on northbound I-15 near Provo’s Center Street exit.

Gallemore-Jimenez lost control of his bullet-riddled truck and crashed into a traffic divider. When police reached him they realized he was wearing body armor.

He was taken by ambulance to a Provo area hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.

Another man, who was driving on I-15 with a child in his car, was also shot and wounded. The child was unharmed.

None of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

Traffic was closed on I-15 northbound throughout the night while police searched for evidence.

Gephardt Daily has a crew on scene and will update the story as more information becomes available.


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