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WEST BOUNTIFUL — One person is in police custody and officers are looking for another after a police chase in Davis County.
Authorities began searching just after 2 p.m. in an area near 400 N. 800 West, according to a Facebook post from West Bountiful Police Department. As of 3:30 p.m., police had suspended the search near Holly Refinery.
The pursuit took place after a fight broke out in a park in Centerville near 1350 N. 400 West, according to police.
At some point, some people in a vehicle reported that people in another vehicle were shooting at them, according to Centerville Police Lt. Zan Robison. It's not clear if that incident happened before the group of people arrived at the park or after, he said.
Police have not received any reports of gunshot injuries, Robison said.
Police pursued one of the vehicles involved in the fight south on I-15, authorities said. A gun was thrown out of the car, and the chase ended in West Bountiful, police said. That gun has since been recovered, Robison added.
During the search, a police sergeant mistook a juvenile boy as the suspect police were looking for and drew his weapon, Lt. Adam Osoro with Woods Cross Police confirmed to KSL Thursday afternoon.
Sgt. Mike Daugherty asked to speak to 10-year-old DJ Hrubes and when Daugherty approached him, the boy ran to the side of a house, according to Osoro.
Daugherty told the boy to get on the ground and he didn’t comply, Osoro said. He said Daugherty sensed the boy was confused and he thought Hrubes might run or jump the fence.
It was at this point Daugherty drew his weapon in what Osoro called the “weapon ready” position, but Osoro clarified he didn’t necessarily point the gun directly at the boy. This occurred from about 15-20 feet away and as Daugherty got closer, he realized the boy was not the suspect and holstered his weapon and apologized, according to Osoro.
DJ’s mother, Jerri Hrubes, was still upset when she spoke with KSL TV and said she thought the incident occurred because the color of her son's skin. When asked if this was the case, Osoro explained that at the time of the incident, police knew one suspect was possibly a juvenile Hispanic male and the race of the other suspect, also a male juvenile, wasn’t known.
Osoro said Daugherty acted appropriately in the situation.
The person who police are still looking for in connection with the chase is described as a man wearing a white shirt and black shorts or pants, who is possibly Hispanic, according to police.
Anyone who sees something suspicious is asked to call emergency dispatchers at 801-298-6000.
Contributing: Aubrey Clark, KSL TV; Mehul Asher, KSL TV; Matt Hugie, KSL TV; Dan Rascon, KSL TV.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story stated the name of the 10-year-old boy's mother's name as Jerrie Hrubes. This story has been corrected to state the correct spelling as Jerri.