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FARMINGTON — Police have identified the man accused of shooting at police officers as well as another motorist on Legacy Parkway Wednesday night.
Marco Antonio Guizar, 37, was booked into the Davis County Jail early Thursday for investigation of aggravated assault, attempted aggravated murder, possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to assault, failure to respond to an officer's signal to stop, interference with an arresting officer and having no insurance on his motor vehicle.
According to court documents, Guizar previously served jail time for firing a gun from a vehicle back in 1993.
The man was arrested after allegedly firing a gun at a white pickup truck on Legacy Parkway and then leading police on a high-speed chase through Farmington that ended near 650 West and State Street in an exchange of gunfire.
A witness to the alleged shooting in Farmington said Guizar's vehicle sped by her just before two police cars pulled in front of his vehicle and blocked him.
"I couldn't really tell who was shooting," Emily Parker Koons said. "There was many guns raised, but I could hear plenty of gunfire."
Koons was driving her four nephews to her house at the time. She said the boys were not shaken, rather, they were enamored by the police in action. She said officers reacted in a very quick, calculated fashion.
"From what I could tell, it was like they had it all mapped out, they knew he was coming this way," Koons said. "There was 10, 12 police cars there immediately."
No one was seriously injured in the incident. Guizar sustained superficial injuries but wasn't hit by gunfire.
Farmington Police Chief Wayne Hansen said Thursday that Guizar has ties to addresses in both Layton and Taylorsville, but it was unclear where he was living at the time of the shooting incident.
The vehicle Guizar was driving had Texas license plates.
Hansen said it appears that Guizar may also be the driver who was involved in a similar shooting incident about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday on I-215. In that case, a gunman driving a Camry with Texas license plates opened fire on a white pickup truck.
"As far as his motives, if he's targeting vehicles, we don't have anything on that," Hansen said. "It's a very frightening thing. We're glad he's in custody and everybody is safe."
Once Guizar was taken into custody, Hansen said he was cooperative with police and was interviewed. Hansen had not yet viewed the video of that interview.