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Officer catches man shooting windows out of his car

By Wendy Leonard and Shara Park | Posted - Sep. 2, 2011 at 12:08 p.m.


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PROVO — A 50-year-old man was arrested Thursday after an officer saw him shoot an Airsoft pellet gun and shatter a window of the officer's patrol car.

At about 7 p.m., Lloyd Ranquist was seen driving by the officer Ken Newell's house. Newell, off duty, was standing on the roof of his home at the time, making some repairs, and saw Ranquist point a gun out of his own car window and fire the weapon, shooting out the patrol car's rear, driver-side window, according to Provo police Sgt. Mathew Siufanua.

"I immediately ran down the front of my roof and jumped off the front onto the porch, ran in and grabbed the key for my patrol car," said Newell. "By that time I was able to get out to my car and I could still see the vehicle so I jumped in and followed him."

The officer followed Ranquist home and police later surrounded the man's home. While he was attempting to leave his home, Ranquist was arrested, according to Siufanua. He was later booked into the Utah County Jail while investigators take a closer look at the alleged crime.

Nowell said he is relieved Ranquist is now behind bars. He said hopefully the shootings will now stop - especially since he has several young children at the house who could have been hurt.

"It's upsetting. I would hate to see one of my children get hurt because someone is angry with the department or angry at me," Newell said.

In the past year, the same off-duty officer has had the windows of both his patrol car and personal vehicle shot out eight different times, and has spent over $1100 fixing the windows and installing security cameras at his home.

Police are now looking into whether Ranquist was responsible for the other 7 shootings.

Story written by [Wendy Leonard](<mailto: wleonard@ksl.com>), [Shara Park](<mailto: spark@ksl.com>) and the ksl.com news team

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