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Driver ran over man in Target parking lot during fight before fleeing, police say

A Bountiful man was arrested Tuesday after police say he ran over a man in a Target parking lot in Centerville, dragging him 50 feet, then fled the scene. The two had allegedly been arguing before that in a Walmart parking lot across the street.

A Bountiful man was arrested Tuesday after police say he ran over a man in a Target parking lot in Centerville, dragging him 50 feet, then fled the scene. The two had allegedly been arguing before that in a Walmart parking lot across the street. (Shutterstock)



CENTERVILLE — A Bountiful man was arrested Tuesday after police say he ran over another man at a Target parking lot Monday before fleeing.

Shawn Paul Smith, 44, was booked into the Davis County Jail for investigation of aggravated assault and failure to remain at an accident with serious injury.

Shortly after 8:15 p.m. Monday, emergency crews responded to a report of an auto-pedestrian crash at the Target, 200 N Marketplace Drive in Centerville. There had been some sort of altercation in a nearby Walmart parking lot between Smith, who was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck, and a 20-year-old Layton man who was driving a Mitsubishi Lancer, said Centerville Police Lt. Allen Ackerson. Both vehicles traveled to a Target parking lot across the street.

Police say the driver of the Lancer got out of his vehicle and crossed in front of the Ford F-150 at one point. That's when the driver of the truck accelerated, striking the man and dragging him about 50 feet, according to Ackerson. The driver of the Lancer was taken to a hospital with "serious internal injuries and broken bones," he said.

Police later tracked down the truck and interviewed Smith. He told investigators that he drove over the man driving the Lancer because the man had followed him into the Target parking lot and pointed a gun at him and his children, who were in the truck at the time, then tried to enter the truck, the lieutenant said.

"After reviewing video surveillance and interviewing witnesses, it was determined that it was actually Smith in his F-150 who had followed Lancer over to the Target parking lot," Ackerson said, adding that officers didn't find any evidence that a gun had been brandished.

Police also said Smith never reported the incident after it happened.

The driver of the Lancer remained hospitalized Tuesday, but police said his injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.

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