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Man shot after allegedly stealing car, pointing gun at officers

By Pat Reavy | Posted - Sep 25th, 2013 @ 5:27pm


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SPRING CITY, Sanpete County — A man who police say was found in a stolen vehicle was shot Wednesday after allegedly pointing a gun at a trooper and a sheriff's deputy.

Just after 7 a.m, the Utah Highway Patrol and Sanpete County Sheriff's Office went to investigate a stolen car that was found parked on a dirt road, two miles east of Spring City. A man later identified as David Searle was still inside the vehicle, said UHP Lt. Thayne Carlisle.

As the officers approached the vehicle to take him into custody, Searle began to drive away and allegedly pointed a weapon at the officers.

"Shots were fired, and one of the rounds struck the subject in the arm," Carlisle said.

Searle was taken into custody about five minutes after he was shot, the UHP said. No officers were injured. Searle was also suffering from wounds that were self-inflicted sometime Wednesday prior to the confrontation with police, Carlisle said.

Searle was taken to an area hospital with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.

The vehicle, which was determined to have been stolen out of Sanpete County, was being searched Wednesday.

Contributing: Sam Penrod

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