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Condition improving for Utah park ranger wounded in gunfight

Condition improving for Utah park ranger wounded in gunfight



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MOAB -- A Utah State Parks and Recreation officer wounded in a gun battle outside Moab last month is apparently doing better.

Brody Young is listed in fair condition at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., a hospital spokeswoman said Monday. His condition has been up and down since being hospitalized Nov. 19 with multiple gunshot wounds. He has undergone several surgeries and was listed in critical condition last week.

Authorities say Young was involved in a shootout with Lance L. Arellano in a parking lot at the Spider Mesa trailhead in Moab. Arellano, who police say also suffered gunshot wounds, drove off in a silver Pontiac Grand Am. The car was later found abandoned but there has been no sign of him.

Arellano, 40, is charged attempted aggravated murder, failure to stop at the command of an officer and providing false information.

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