MAGNA, Utah, Feb. 13, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — A Unified police officer was injured after a high-speed chase Saturday night involving a known violent fugitive.
According to West Valley Police Lt. Dalan Taylor, detectives were following up on a lead in the search for parole fugitive Christopher McMillan, 43, when they spotted him getting into a vehicle.
“The suspect was a passenger in the car with two females and he must have realized our officers were following him,” Taylor said. “The vehicle pulled over during an initiated stop on 201 around 7200 West when he had the females get out. The suspect then got in driver side and took off.”
Taylor said McMillan attempted to hit one of their officers who was setting up spikes.
McMillen then led officers into Magna where he hit a Unified Police cruiser.
“He then rammed into the vehicle of one of the officers then continued a pursuit at dangerous speeds,” Taylor said. “Our officers ended the pursuit at that time.”
The officer whose cruiser was hit received minor injuries, according to police, while McMillan managed to escape.
McMillan was recently arrested in November for attempted murder, aggravated burglary, felony discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a restricted person after an incident where he shot his brother in the foot during an altercation. McMillan was apprehended 10 days later after an extensive search led officers to a motel in Midvale.
Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell said Christopher McMillan has a very extensive and violent criminal history and is a member of a violent white supremacist prison gang.
“He has been involved in shootings with police in the past,” Bell said. “UPD considers him extremely dangerous and a serious threat to the public and any police officer with whom he comes in contact.”
It is unclear how McMillan got released from Jail.
The two females who were in the car with McMillan are still in police custody for questioning.
Taylor has asked if anyone has any leads on McMillan’s whereabouts police would like them to call dispatch at 801-840-4000.
*EDITOR’S NOTE: Our original story errantly identified the injured officer as a West Valley City police officer.